Reimagining CanLit: New Writing, New Views

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Bi-weekly – Week 2 – Friday – 10am – 12pm

Term 1 – via Zoom; Term 2 – Tartu (tbc)   Workshop Full 

This workshop challenges the notion and maintenance of a particular CanLit canon—one that is too dated, too white and “too closely monitored by powerful gatekeepers”. Does it reflect the country we live in today?

We will read recent books (fiction, memoir, possibly a play) by Canadians who are also steeped in the heritage of other countries for a fresh perspective on Canada. Some of the twelve authors on the reading list are Dionne Brand, David Chariandy, Ian Williams, Samra Habib, Souvankham Thammavongsa, and Zalika Reid-Benta.

Each participant will select one of the readings to present to the group. Everyone is expected to do all the reading and be prepared to participate in the group discussion.


Maureen FitzGerald( is an editor, an ex-academic (anthropology) and an ex-publisher. She continues to be interested in joining in and contributing to conversations about the pressing issues of inequality. 

Sally McLean( is a retired intercultural communication consultant and continues to wrestle with social justice challenges. She leans towards workshops that push us to consider the troublesome social issues of our times. 

Maureen and Sally have previously co-facilitated the workshops Reading through Race, Racism and Resistance; Reading through Borders: Displacement, Migration and Refuge; and Toronto’s Housing Crisis: Houses, Homes and Homelessness. 

Workshop Notes:

Schedule and Reading List