For nearly thirty years, the Literary Review of Canada has prided itself on being a journal of ideas.
P.A. Dutil, a political scientist and historian, launched the magazine in 1991. Originally a kitchen table venture, it filled a serious void in Canada’s cultural landscape, providing a space for the country’s best and emerging writers to reflect deeply on politics, philosophy, science, history, culture, and literature. With the help of volunteers, Dutil attracted a small but influential readership. He sold the LRC to Carleton University Press in 1996.
Two years later, a team of editors and co-publishers, including David Berlin, brought the magazine back to Toronto. In 2003, Bronwyn Drainie, a former host of the CBC’s Sunday Morning, started a twelve-year tenure as editor. Two years later, in 2005, the Literary Review of Canada won the Kroeger College Award for Public Discourse, with the jury calling the magazine “nourishing, entertaining and inspiring.” Sarmishta Subramanian followed Drainie as editor in 2016. Kyle Wyatt is the current editor-in-chief.
At a time when books coverage is shrinking dramatically, the Literary Review of Canada stands tall on newsstands across the country, representing the widest possible range of Canada’s intellectual output. Rather than break news, its essays, book reviews, poems, and original illustrations provide relevant cultural context to help make sense of the news that is broken.
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