Cover image for Luminous ink : writers on writing in Canada / edited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj and Dionne Brand.
Luminous ink : writers on writing in Canada / edited by Tessa McWatt, Rabindranath Maharaj and Dionne Brand.
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Cormorant Books, 2018.

Physical Description:
xx, 233 pages ; 23 cm
Geographic Term:


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
819.09006 LUM Book Adult General Collection

On Order



At the heart of Luminous Ink are questions around the work of words. What can the literature being written today tell us about Canada's social arrangements; about its political and aesthetic shapes and its preoccupations? The contributions to this anthology are catalytic and edgy, and they lay down the challenge of new thinking about what's come to be known as CanLit.

In stunning, forward-looking essays that are deeply rooted in the present, the writers gathered between the covers of Luminous Ink consider and reconsider the literary imagination. Their work lives up to the title of this vital anthology.

Table of Contents

Tessa McWatt and Rabindranath Maharaj and Dionne BrandEden RobinsonLisa MooreGreg HollingsheadMadeleine ThienRichard Van CampDavid ChariandyMarie Hélène Poitras (Translated by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood)Sheila FischmanHiromi GotoStephen HenighanHeather O'NeillNicole Brossard (Translated by Susanne de Lotbinière-Harwood)M G VassanjiJudith ThompsonRawi HageMargaret AtwoodLee MaracleGeorge Elliott ClarkeNino RicciPascale QuivigerRita WongCamilla GibbLawrence HillMichael HelmMichael OndaatjeLeanne Betasamosake Simpson
Introduction: Luminous Inkp. ix
The Salmon Estersp. 1
Snow Squalls in Mayp. 7
Where Is Home and How Do I Get There?p. 19
A Chair and a Birdp. 27
It's Like Feathers Passing Over Mep. 35
As Manp. 43
Writing in Montrealp. 51
Why?p. 59
First Languagep. 65
An Ambiguous Voicep. 75
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Corpsep. 83
Lorem Ipsump. 89
Night Thoughts: Some Notes from the Marginsp. 97
The Returnp. 107
Writing in Quebecp. 113
Survival: The Origin Storyp. 121
Why I Writep. 131
Living Historyp. 139
Six Scenarios for the End of Civilization as We Knew Itp. 147
Mind the Gapp. 157
Who Will Wave Back? Notes Toward Why I Writep. 165
Wandering Home: On the Doorstep of a Canadian Atheist in Mid-winterp. 177
Of Dislocation and Creationp. 183
Known Strangerp. 197
A Port Accentp. 209
False Consciousnessp. 217
About the Authorsp. 221
About the Editorsp. 231
Acknowledgementsp. 233