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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > December 2018 > Books of the year

Books of the year

Q&Q editors reveal a few of their favourite releases of 2018



Dionne Brand

Knopf Canada

The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand

McClelland & Stewart

Numerous authors in 2018 experimented with form and genre in their work (Tanya Tagaq, Rachel Cusk, Sheila Heti, Kathy Page), but only Dionne Brand proved audacious enough to do so in not one but two releases, simultaneously. Theory is a novel of ideas that also has a lot to say about love and gender and identity, while The Blue Clerk is nothing less than a reckoning with the entirety of Brand’s poetic outlook and philosophy. Together, these books showcase an author determined to wring new meaning out of language and to test the bounds of technique and literary style. –SWB

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