Best Canadian Essays 2021 (Paperback)
The thirteenth installment of Canada's annual volume of essays showcases diverse nonfiction writing from across the country.
"The exceptional essay," writes editor Bruce Whiteman, "derives from a passionate feeling, love and anger being perhaps its upper and lower limits, coexisting with a desire for truth, and it aims for the radiance of what is." In the 2021 edition of Best Canadian Essays, Whiteman's selections seek truth in all the places it may be found, from walks in brambled woods and ancient cities to memories of childhoods that shape a life; to analyses of artifacts both legislative and cultural that advance equality long overdue; to reports from the field that articulate the poetry of the present, the invisibility of the poor, the social contours and consuming mental contagions of the ongoing pandemic. Drawn from leading magazines and journals published in 2020, the fifteen essays gathered here brilliantly illuminate what is.
Featuring work by:
Hilary Morgan V. Leathem
About the Author
Bruce Whiteman is a poet, translator, culture historian, and book reviewer. His reviews appear regularly in Canadian Notes & Queries, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Recent poetry collections include Intimate Letters (2014), Tablature (2015), and The Sad Mechanic Exercise (2019). His translation of Fanny Daubigny's study Proust in Black: Los Angeles: A Proustian Fiction was published in 2019.