Book details

Publication date: March 2017
Features: 10 B&W images, foreword/liminaire, introduction
Series: CLC Kreisel Lecture Series
Keywords: Canadian Literature / Essays
Subject(s): LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian, Creative Writing, Literary Nonfiction, Creative Writing, Essays, Canadian Literature / Essays, Literary Criticism, Canadian Literature, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Composition & Creative Writing, LITERARY CRITICISM / Humor, Creative writing & creative writing guides, Language learning: writing skills, Canadian Literature / Essays, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press, Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne

Margaret Atwood. Margaret Atwood is known internationally for her award-winning novels, poetry, and short stories. She was born in Ottawa in 1939, and spent much of her childhood in northern Ontario and Quebec. She has lived, studied, and worked in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Vancouver, Alliston, and Boston, as well as England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, and Germany.

Marie Carrière. Marie Carrière is the Director of the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne and teaches French, English, and Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on contemporary women's writing and the theory and history of feminism.

#1 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, March 19, 2017

#3 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, April 30, 2017

"Through this lecture, Atwood provides an account of the past that is shaped by her signature wit, humour, and insight that readers have to come love and to equate with Canadian Literature. As a Canadian icon herself, Atwood provides a window into her own early writing days which will draw a lot of readers to this work.... It is a treasure for readers interested in Canadian Literature because this is where it all began." [Full review at

Will J. Fawley, Prairie Fire Review of Books

"[Her talk] ranges from ladies’ undergarments to the All-Star Eclectic Typewriter Revue, from schooling in the bible and Shakespeare and comics to starting a publishing company. Atwood’s talk is, as Atwood ever is, dryly amusing.... Atwood’s talk tries to sum up a decade from various angles, finally coming to the question: 'What did we think we were doing, we young writers of that decade?' Experimenting. Describing the landscape in new ways."]

Debra Martens

"Covering amazing geographical, literary, and temporal sweeps in single witty comments, this work allows the reader a brief glimpse into the mind of a great writer and her perspective and experience living through what would now seem to many the Stone Age of the Canadian writing scene... [A]n invaluable and very readable assignment for students. I equally recommend this short work for a person looking for a light literary frolic through times past in Canada." Canadian Literature 237 (Summer 2019) [Full review at]

Shoshannah Ganz

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