The LRC Turns 25!

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the LRC



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 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



The Comeback | John Ralston Saul

Recommended by: Margaret Atwood, award-winning author and poet

Treaty No. 9: Making the Agreement to Share the Land in Far Northern Ontario in 1905 | John Long

Recommended by: Christopher Moore, award-winning author

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey | Dr. Izzeldine Abuelaish

Recommended by: Sheema Khan, patent agent, author, columnist, fGlobe and Mail

Accidental City: The Transformation of Toronto | Robert Fulford

Recommended by: Joe Berridge, Partner, Urban Strategies Inc.

Redress: Inside the Japanese Canadian Call for Justice | Roy Miki

Recommended by: Martin Laflamme, Deputy Director, Global Affairs Canada

George Sprott (1894-1975) | Seth

Recommended by: Geoff Pevere, author, movie critic and broadcaster

Fugitive Pieces | Anne Michaels

Recommended by: Salem Alaton, Professor, Humber College

19 Knives | Mark Anthony Jarman

Recommended by: Richard Cumyn, author

Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis | Richard Atleo

Recommended by: John Ralston Saul, award-winning essayist and novelist, Co-Chair of Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Canada’s Founding Debates | Eds. Janet Ajzenstat, Paul Romney, Ian Gentles & William D. Gairdner

Recommended by: Michael Taube, columnist, former speechwriter for Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr | Michelle Shephard

Recommended by: Nahlah Ayed, author and foreign correspondent, CBC’s The National

A Really Good Brown Girl | Marilyn Dumont

Recommended by: Cathy Stonehouse, author, poet, and creative writing instructor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Stolen Continents: The “New World” Through Indian Eyes | Ronald Wright

Recommended by: Keith Oatley, novelist, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Dark Age Ahead | Jane Jacobs

Recommended by: Suanne Kelman, Professor Emerita, Ryerson University

Three Day Road | Joseph Boyden

Recommended by: Bronwyn Drainie, former Globe and Mail columnist, CBC Radio host, and editor at the Literary Review of Canada

Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover | Michael Harris

Recommended by: Ronald Wright, award-winning historian, novelist, and essayist

Jade Peony | Wayson Choy

Recommended by: Laura Robinson, journalist and former cycling, rowing, and ski champion

The Friendly Dictatorship | Jeffrey Simpson

Recommended by: Jack Mitchell, poet, novelist, and Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

49th Parallel Psalm | Wayde Compton

Recommended by: George Elliott Clarke, poet, playwright, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate

Governing From the Centre: The Concentration of Power in Canadian Politics | Donald Savoie

Recommended by: Patrice Dutil, founder of the Literary Review of Canada and Professor, Ryerson University

The Book of Negroes | Lawrence Hill

Recommended by: Grace Wescott, copyright lawyer and Vice Chair of Canadian Copyright Institute

Reconciling the Solitudes: Essays on Canadian Federalism and Nationalism | Charles Taylor

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

Green Grass, Running Water | Thomas King

Recommended by: Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright, author, and journalist

The New Canada | Preston Manning

Recommended by: Dimitry Anastakis, Professor, Trent University

The English Patient | Michael Ondaatje

Recommended by: Aparna Mishra Tarc, Associate Professor, York University

Citizen of the World / Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau (2 Volumes) | John English

Recommended by: Michael Valpy, author and former deputy managing editor, The Globe and Mail

No Great Mischief | Alistair MacLeod

Recommended by: Mark Abley, award-winning author, poet, and newspaper columnist

Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift | David Foot

Recommended by: Michael Adams, President and Co-founder, Environics Group of research and communications companies

Colony of Unrequited Dreams | Wayne Johnston

Recommended by: Noreen Golfman, Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Memorial University of Newfoundland

Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them | Susan Delacourt

Recommended by: Reg Whitaker, Distinguished Research Emeritus, York University

The Stone Diaries | Carol Shields

Recommended by: Sharon Butala, bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda | Romeo Dallaire

Recommended by: Thomas S. Axworthy, CEO of The Gordon Foundation / Secretary-General of InterAction Council