Our story began in 1991, when author and academic Patrice Dutil founded the LRC magazine to be a place of serious discussion about books, politics, and the important ideas of our time. Since then, we’ve been committed to presenting reviews and essays from some of Canada’s most prolific writers.
In 2016, the LRC turns 25. To mark the occasion, we are asking you, our devoted readers and supporters, to contribute names of the most influential Canadian books published since 1991 that have had a lasting—or at least seminal—influence on the development of Canadian thought, politics, or culture in the broadest sense. Whether a book on history or public policy, a memoir or novel, we are compiling a list of the 25 most influential Canadian books published in the last quarter-century, to be presented in a special anniversary issue next year.
Submissions will be considered until March 31. Titles must have been published after January 1991 to be considered. You can vote by tweeting at @LRCmag using the hashtag #LRC25years or posting on our Facebook page. We are also accepting titles by email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your suggestion is selected to be among our final list, you will receive a 25% discount off a one-year print/digital subscription to the LRC.
Read below the recommendations of some of our past contributors and other prominent Canadians on the books they feel should be included in the final list. Check back frequently as these will be updated with two new titles every week.
“We invite you to take part in this special milestone with us because the LRC has always been more a community than just a magazine. And it has been our readers who have carried us through these past 25 years.”
-Mark Lovewell, Interim Editor
Recommended by: Margaret Atwood, award-winning author and poet
Recommended by: Christopher Moore, award-winning author
Recommended by: Sheema Khan, patent agent, author, columnist, fGlobe and Mail
Recommended by: Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.
Recommended by: Martin Laflamme, Deputy Director, Global Affairs Canada
Recommended by: Geoff Pevere, author, movie critic and broadcaster
Recommended by: Salem Alaton, Professor, Humber College
Recommended by: Richard Cumyn, author
Recommended by: John Ralston Saul, award-winning essayist and novelist, Co-Chair of Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Recommended by: Michael Taube, columnist, former speechwriter for Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Recommended by: Nahlah Ayed, author and foreign correspondent, CBC’s The National
Recommended by: Cathy Stonehouse, author, poet, and creative writing instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Recommended by: Keith Oatley, novelist, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto
Recommended by: Suanne Kelman, Professor Emerita, Ryerson University
Recommended by: Bronwyn Drainie, former Globe and Mail columnist, CBC Radio host, and editor at the Literary Review of Canada
Recommended by: Ronald Wright, award-winning historian, novelist, and essayist
Recommended by: Laura Robinson, journalist and former cycling, rowing, and ski champion
Recommended by: Jack Mitchell, poet, novelist, and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Recommended by: George Elliott Clarke, poet, playwright, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate
Recommended by: Patrice Dutil, founder of the Literary Review of Canada and Professor, Ryerson University
Recommended by: Grace Wescott, copyright lawyer and Vice Chair of Canadian Copyright Institute
Recommended by: Philip Resnick, poet and Professor, University of British Columbia
A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1986 | John Milloy
Recommended by: Christopher Dummitt, Chair of Department of Canadian Studies, Trent University
Recommended by: Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright, author, and journalist
Recommended by: Dimitry Anastakis, Professor, Trent University
Recommended by: Aparna Mishra Tarc, Associate Professor, York University
Recommended by: Michael Valpy, author and former deputy managing editor, The Globe and Mail
Recommended by: Mark Abley, award-winning author, poet, and newspaper columnist
Recommended by: Michael Adams, President and Co-founder, Environics Group of research and communications companies
Recommended by: Noreen Golfman, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Memorial University of Newfoundland
Recommended by: Reg Whitaker, Distinguished Research Emeritus, York University
Recommended by: Sharon Butala, bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction
Recommended by: Thomas S. Axworthy, CEO of The Gordon Foundation / Secretary-General of InterAction Council