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Discovering the North

Special session on Canadian literature

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The Kosmopolis ongoing programme has organised this session regarding Canadian literature and proposes a selection of four authors made by Blue Metropolis, the international literary festival held annually in Montreal.

This sample will offer us a first-hand acquaintance with the broad range of voices that form the country’s literary scene. It presents four literary figures with highly diverse origins, works and professional careers, ranging from the established and consolidated author to the new young talent, from the novel to prose and from French-speaking Canada to English-speaking Canada. We will be graced with the presence of two Quebec authors who write in French (Louis Jolicoeur and Nicolas Dickner) and two authors whose literary language is English (Anakana Schofield and Liz Howard).

Louis Jolicoeur is the author of various books, in which the influence of Latin American literature is patently clear, and is translator into French of the works of Juan Carlos Onetti and Miguel de Unamuno, among others.

Nicolas Dickner writes about the concept of travel and geography, especially in Nikolski (2005), one of his first hit novels which has been translated into a score of languages, and in Six degrés de liberté (2015), his most recent work.

Anakana Schofield is an author of Irish-Canadian origin who lives in British Columbia, in the west of the country. She has published Malarky (2012), a multi-awarded novel, and Martin John, a novel that was shortlisted for the Giller Prize (2015).

Liz Howard is a poet of mixed European and Anishinaabe descent from the rural area in the north of Ontario. She has just published her first collection of poetry, which earned her the Griffin Poetry Prize (2016).

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Discovering the North

Special session on Canadian literature

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