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Books of the Year

Q&Q editors reveal some of their top picks for 2019

Black Writers Matter

Whitney French, ed.

University of Regina Press

Calls for diversity in Canadian literature are ongoing and urgent; credit editor Whitney French with providing a blueprint for how such initiatives might appear in practice. Stylistically heterogeneous – ranging from memoir to creative non-fiction to essays – the 23 pieces in Black Writers Matter provide a cross-section of approaches to inclusion from voices both established and emerging. H. Nigel Thomas offers a spirited defence of fiction as a serious mechanism for truth telling. Rowan McCandless wrestles with the subjects of eating disorders and body image by way of a mock multiple-choice quiz. And French herself provides the transcript of an interview with a former cab driver in B.C. Existing at the intersection of race, gender, class, and nationality, this invaluable collection offers a window on the present and a series of clarion calls for how to move forward into the future. –SWB

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