Best Canadian Essays 2023: Toronto Launch!

October 20, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Flying Books
784 College St
Toronto, ON M6G 1C6

Join us in celebrating the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2023 (November 1, 2022)! Mireille Silcoff, the editor for this year’s edition, will be hosting the event at Flying Books in Toronto, which will include readings and a Q&A. The launch will take place on Thursday, October 20 at 7PM ET.

More details here.

Order your copy of Best Canadian Essays 2023 here!


Selected by editor Mireille Silcoff, the 2023 edition of Best Canadian Essays showcases the best Canadian nonfiction writing published in 2021.

“Our current, tumultuous age” writes editor Mireille Silcoff, “is an important time for essayists, because in moments of great change, it’s good to have chroniclers with the presence of mind to step back and assess.” Silcoff’s selections for Best Canadian Essays 2023 do just that. In examinations of identity—personal, familial, racial, and cultural—and investigations of the far-reaching shockwaves of war; in mediations on illness and health, belonging and alienation, parents and children; in unexpected arguments about novel-writing, Donald Trump, and the Filet-O-Fish sandwich, the essays gathered here chart all kinds of boundaries, comprising, as Silcoff terms it, “a small bid for understanding that a border, a line drawn, need not be only the beginning or the end of something. That a frontier can be a place—indeed is the best place—for a conversation between sides to begin.”

Featuring works by:

Jamaluddin Aram • Sharon Butala • Kunal Chaudhary • Christopher Cheung • Emma Gilchrist • Michelle Good • Paul Howe • Jane Hu • Heather Jessup • Chafic LaRochelle • Stephen Marche • Kathy Page • Tom Rachman • M.E. Rogan • Allan Stratton • Sarmishta Subramanian


Mireille Silcoff is the author of four books, including most recently, the award-winning story collection Chez L’arabe. Mireille’s work often appears in the New York Times Magazine and other publications, where she writes about culture and society. She has been a columnist at many publications, notably the National Post, where she was a weekend columnist for 14 years. Mireille is the founding editor of literary journal Guilt & Pleasure Quarterly and is the editor of Best Canadian Essays 2023. She has been called “one of the best essayists in the world” by the New York Times, and for many years, ran a raucous discussion salon in Toronto. She lives in Montreal with her two young daughters.