2021 Best Canadian Series Virtual Launch

November 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2021 Best Canadian Series Virtual Launch

You’re invited to the virtual launch of the 2021 Best Canadian Series! Join us on Thursday, November 18 at 7 PM ET. 2021 editors Bruce Whiteman, Diane Schoemperlen, and Souvankham Thammavongsa will be in conversation, the event will also include selected readings from each anthology. We’ll be streaming live on Facebook and on YouTube. Video link will be shared closer to the event, so RSVP to stay up to date!

“The legacy of this series is massive…a literary institution.” —Ottawa Citizen


Bruce Whiteman is a poet, translator, culture historian, and book reviewer. His reviews appear regularly in Canadian Notes & Queries, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Recent poetry collections include Intimate Letters (2014), Tablature (2015), and The Sad Mechanic Exercise (2019). His translation of Fanny Daubigny’s study Proust in Black: Los Angeles: A Proustian Fiction was published in 2019.


Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Diane Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels, In the Language of Love (1994), Our Lady of the Lost and Found (2001), and At A Loss For Words (2008). Her 1990 collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Award and the Trillium. Her collection, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor General’s Award for English Fiction. In 2008, she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada. In 2012, she was Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Souvankham Thammavongsa is the author of five books: Small Arguments (2003), winner of the ReLit Prize; Found (2007), now a short film; Light (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; Cluster (2019); and the short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (2020), winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She has been in residence at Yaddo and has presented her work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.


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