The Bumper Book

Edited by John Metcalf

The Bumper Book
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Featuring articles and poems from such writers as Norman Snider, Irving Layton, Fraser Sutherland, John Mills, Brian Fawcett, and Doug Gibson, this collection addresses numerous facets of Canadian literature, including the Canada Council, Robertson Davies` characters, Robin ... Read more


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Featuring articles and poems from such writers as Norman Snider, Irving Layton, Fraser Sutherland, John Mills, Brian Fawcett, and Doug Gibson, this collection addresses numerous facets of Canadian literature, including the Canada Council, Robertson Davies` characters, Robin Mathews and nationalism, Margaret Atwood and Northern Journey, why The Mountain and the Valley became a classic, the problems with Canadian publishing, and how the arts councils steer the arts.

John Metcalf

John Metcalf was Senior Editor at the Porcupine's Quill until 2005, and is now Fiction Editor at Biblioasis. A scintillating writer and an almost magisterial editor and anthologist, he is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and non-fiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow, Kicking Against the Pricks, and most recently The Museum at the End of the World. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Myrna.

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"Irreverent, engaging, and very funny...Editor John Metcalf, hoping to ‘provoke argument and discussion about our literary cultures,‘ has gathered over thirty essays, poems, jibes, jeers, and cheap shots from some of the sharpest pens in the land." — Canadian Materials

"I'm all for a little shouting in the pews of that pious church called CanLit and I do like to see a pie or two in the faces of the lords and ladies of letters." — Books in Canada

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