Best Canadian Essays 2023: Montreal Launch!

November 17, 2022 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
5589 Av du Parc
Montréal, QC H2V 4S8
Best Canadian Essays 2023: Montreal Launch! @ Ursa | Montréal | Québec | Canada

Join us in celebrating the launch of Best Canadian Essays 2023! The launch will feature editor Mireille Silcoff, and several contributors included in the anthology who will be reading from their essays, as well as an audience Q&A. Books will be provided by Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. The event will take place at Ursa on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30PM ET.

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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.”


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.