10 Buzzworthy Canadian Authors to Watch

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In honour of Canada Day on the first of July, we’re paying tribute to our national roots by highlighting a number of authors who are making waves in Canadian literature. These writers come from across the country and from all walks of life, have different beliefs and backgrounds, and offer us unique perspectives of the world. Their work demonstrates the vast talent and diverse experiences taking place between our coasts. Here are ten noteworthy authors the watch. 


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Indigenous Authors Contemplate a “New Normal”

This June marks the 11th anniversary of National Indigenous History Month in Canada, where we are fortunate to find the work of many Indigenous authors who have enlightened our hearts and minds through writing. This ia time for recognition and reflection on the unique heritage, culture and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. As it happens, this is also a time for monumental change, as the world continues to adapt to the effects of a global health crisisTo spotlight the Indigenous experience during this pivotal timewe asked three Indigenous writers, who have released a book within the past 12 months, how their writing has been impacted by COVID-19. Below, you’ll find their deeply personal responses and discover their hopes of a new normal, post pandemic.

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Curated: Eden Robinson’s Five Emerging Indigenous Writers to Watch

As part of National Indigenous History Month, we asked two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Eden Robinson to curate a list of five emerging Indigenous authors to spotlight. These writers examine topics of race, sexuality, trauma, survival, gender and so much more in their work from a range of insightful and refreshing perspectives. Your reading list just got longer.

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Meet Doyali Islam: Winner of 2019 Battle of the Bards

Doyali Islam at the 2019 PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards

On April 3, we hosted PoetryNOW: 11th Annual Battle of the Bards, featuring 20 talented poets, each reading four minutes of their work. All poets maximized their limited time and gave us a showing of funny, compelling and beautiful performances. It was a fantastic way to begin National Poetry Month.

All the participants delivered remarkable work, however, it was Doyali Islam who stood out on this day to earn the 2019 title of top bard. We caught up with her to discuss the people she has to thank for her journey so far, the moment she fell in love with poetry and the poet we should all be looking out for.


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5 Books To Read By Indigenous Authors

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kegedonce Press, “one of only three established Aboriginal publishers in Canada”. We’ve compiled a list of books from prominent Indigenous writers, all of which are just as enlightening as they are compelling. You won’t soon forget this cast of characters as they embark on quests for self-discovery and survival.

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