55 Beyond Survival
Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 10:30am
Granville Island Stage
Margaret Atwood’s 1972 volume Survival shaped the way Canadians thought about their own literature. In Survival Atwood wrote, “Why should we be bothered [about Canadian literature]? ... In any self-respecting nation, it [the question] would never even be asked. But that’s one of the problems: Canada isn’t a self-respecting nation and the question does get asked.” On the 40th anniversary of its publication, six significant voices from the Canadian literary scene talk about the flowering of Canadian literature, which has been cause for national pride. The change in attitude and output, especially over the last 20 years, has seen Canadian writers take the international stage, win all the major literary prizes, and become household names far beyond home. How did this flourishing come to be? What does the future hold?
This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the 2012 edition of the Governor General's Literary Awards.