Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Panel Discussion: Year-Round

Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE


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

    Dionne Brand

    Dionne Brand is the winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. Brand was Toronto's Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was inducted into the Order of Canada. This year, she releases both a new novel, Theory, and a genre-bending poetry collection, The Blue Clerk.

  • Marc Côté

    Marc Côté

    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

    Rabindranath Maharaj is the author of seven novels and three short story collections. His fifth novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, won both the Toronto Book Award and the Trillium Fiction Prize. In 2013, Maharaj was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He resides in Ajax, Ontario.

  • Tessa McWatt

    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.