The editors of the Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada anthology (Dionne Brand, Rabindranath Maharaj) will discuss the book and what it means to be a writer in Canada with moderator Marc Côté.
At the heart of this anthology are questions around the work of words. What does it mean to be a writer in this country? What can the literature being written today — the stories, the novels, the poetry, the drama, the creative non-fiction — tell us about Canada’s social arrangements; about its political and aesthetic shapes and its preoccupations? In the 21st century is a “national literature” possible, let alone desirable?
Contributors include: Margaret Atwood, Nicole Brossard, Richard Van Camp, David Chariandy, George Elliott Clarke, Sheila Fischman, Camilla Gibb, Hiromi Goto, Rawi Hage, Michael Helm, Stephen Henighan, Lawrence Hill, Greg Hollingshead, Lee Maracle, Lisa Moore, Heather O’Neill,
Michael Ondaatje, Marie-Hélène Poitras, Pascale Quiviger, Nino Ricci, Eden Robinson, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Madeleine Thien, Judith Thompson, M.G. Vassanji, Rita Wong.
Dionne Brand is a renowned poet, novelist, and essayist. Her writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice. She was Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto 2009-2012 and is a member of the Order of Canada. An award-winning poet, Dionne Brand won both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Trillium Prize for Literature for her volume Land to Light On. Her work of Poetry, Ossuaries won the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize. Among her works the volumes No Language Is Neutral and Inventory respectively were nominated for the GG. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry for her volume thirsty, which was also nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium prize for literature. As a novelist, Brand has also achieved distinction. Her critically acclaimed novel, What We All Long For, won the Toronto Book Award. Her latest novel, Love Enough was short listed for the Trillium Prize for Literature, 2015. Her fiction includes the novel In Another Place, Not Here, a New York Times notable book, and At the Full and Change of the Moon, a Los Angeles Times Notable Book. Brand’s non-fiction works include Bread Out Of Stone, and A Map to the Door of No Return, which, has been widely taken up in scholarly work on Being in the Black Diaspora.
Marc Côté is the publisher of Cormorant Books, a literary house noted for the discovery and development of Canadian writing talent and the publishing of Québécois fiction translated into English. He has won the Libris Award for Editor of the Year twice. Cormorant has won the Libris Award for Small Press three times in their eight nominations over the past 12 years. At Cormorant, Marc has acquired and edited many award-nominated books.
Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of five novels and three short story collections. His last novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Fiction Prize. Previous books were nominated for various awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, and The Rogers Fiction Award. In January 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was most recently the Writer in residence at the University of New Brunswick. Maharaj resides in Ajax, Ontario. His new novel, Adjacentland, will be published by Wolzak and Wynn in May 2018.
Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels and two books for young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards, and the OCM Bocas Prize. Her most recent novel is Higher Ed (Random House Canada), and her forthcoming books include Where Are You Agnes? (Groundwood Books), a picture book based on the life of abstract expressionist painter Agnes Martin, and Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada (Cormorant), co-edited with Dionne Brand and Rabindranath Maharaj. She is the winner of the Eccles British Library Award 2018 for her forthcoming memoir, Porous: Race and Stories. She is also a librettist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East London.