A selection of essays that demonstrates the outstanding quality and stunning diversity of Canadian nonfiction writing today.
The second in a series that launched to excitement and acclaim in 2009, The Best Canadian Essays 2010 covers an impressive variety of topics. Editors Kamal Al-Solaylee and Alex Boyd have selected insightful and well-written essays from Canadian print and online magazines published in 2009. Last year’s edition tackled an array of issues, including life with a child with Asperger’s, the last days of a Montreal convent, the devastation of the Alberta tar sands, and the state of Canadian theatre. This year’s anthology is no different in its reflection of the depth and breadth of contemporary Canadian nonfiction writing.
Praise for The Best Canadian Essays 2009:
“The individual contributions in Best Canadian Essays 2009 transcend simple reportage and reach the level of art. Each one has something distinctive and informative to say. Take heed.”
—Jennifer Curtis, Quill & Quire
“I should say, I am quite excited by, and envious of, Tightrope’s vision in putting together this and other ‘Best Of’ anthologies. I’d thought of doing something similar, and never got around to it, daunted by the task. I think they should be congratulated, as these volumes fill much needed voids, and have been handled in a very professional and engaging fashion. I’ll be picking up a copy and urge you handful of Thirsty readers to do the same. These are publications we should support in any way possible.”
—Dan Wells, Biblioasis
About the Guest Editor
Kamal Al-Solaylee is an assistant professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. He’s a former theatre critic for the Globe and Mail and has written for the National Post, Elle Canada, Canadian Notes & Queries, and Report on Business. He holds a PhD in Victorian literature from the University of Nottingham in England and is currently writing his first book, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins Canada), due in 2012.
About the Series Editor
Alex Boyd lives in Toronto. He writes poems, fiction, reviews, and essays, and has had work published in magazines and newspapers such as Taddle Creek, Books in Canada, Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, The Antigonish Review and on websites such as The Danforth Review, and Nthposition. He booked and hosted the I.V. Lounge Reading Series in Toronto for five years, and edits the online journal Northern Poetry Review. His personal site is alexboyd.com, and his first book of poems, Making Bones Walk, won the Gerald Lampert Award in 2008.