About Us

For more than thirty years, the Literary Review of Canada has prided itself on being a journal of ideas.

Patrice 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 quickly attracted a small but influential readership. He sold the magazine to Carleton University Press in 1996.

Two years later, a team of editors and co-publishers, including David Berlin, brought the publication back to Toronto. In 2003, Bronwyn Drainie, a former host of the CBC’s Sunday Morning, started a twelve-year tenure as editor. 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 was appointed the editor-in-chief in January 2019, and he oversaw the redesign of the magazine that launched with the January/February 2020 issue.

At a time when books coverage is shrinking dramatically, the Literary Review of Canada offers writers the real estate they need to thoughtfully respond to the country’s vast intellectual output — everything from policy and politics to history, biography, and fiction. The magazine puts the written word front and centre. In addition to reviews, its original essays and poetry provide readers with informed, engaging, and confident cultural context not found anywhere else.

For a complete staff list, see our masthead.

With Thanks to Our Supporters

  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Ontario Creates

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage towards our web development costs.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du Canada pour les périodiques, qui relève de Patrimoine canadien, pour les coûts reliés à la conception de notre site web.