Recommended Reading/Watching/Listening

We’ve listed resources by category and then by date of publication from oldest to newest, and fairly idiosyncratically, so please feel free to send us a note if there is a book or an article that you believe merits inclusion here.


Anne Innis Dagg,?The 50% Solution: Why Should Women Pay for Men’s Culture,?Waterloo: Otter Press, 1986.

Pierre Bourdieu,?Masculine Domination, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2002.

Donna Bailey Nurse,?What’s a Black Critic to Do: Interviews, Profiles and Reviews of Black Writers, Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2004.

Pauline Butling and Susan Rudy,?Writing in Our Time: Canada’s Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003), Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2005.

Franco Moretti,?Graphs, Maps and Trees: Abstract Models for? Literary History, New York: Verso, 2005.

Kate Eichhorn and Heather Milne,?Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics, Toronto: Coach House, 2009.

Donna Bailey Nurse,?What’s a Black Critic to Do II: Interviews, Profiles and Reviews of Black Writers, Toronto: Insomniac Press, 2011.

Donato Mancini,?You Must Work Harder to Write Poetry of Excellence: Crafts Discourse and the Common Readers in Canadian Book Reviews:?Book Thug, 2012.

Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli, eds.?Producing Canadian Literature:?Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace.?Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.

Articles in Books

Lorraine Weir, “‘Maps and Tales’: the progress of Canadian Literature, 1959-87”, in?Questions of Funding, Publishing and Distribution, Edmonton: University of Alberta’s Research Institute for Comparative Literature, 1987.

Carole Gerson, “Anthologies and the Canon of Early Canadian Women Writers,” in
Re(Dis)covering Our Foremothers: Nineteenth-Century Canadian Women Writers,?Ed.
Lorraine McMullen, Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1989, 55-76.

Articles in Magazines and Newspapers

Sharon Nelson, “Bemused, Branded and Belittled: Women and Writing in Canada,”?Fireweed, No. 15 (Winter, 1982): 64-103.

Himani Bannerji, “Introducing Racism: Notes Towards an Anti-Racist Feminism, ” Resources for Feminist Research, vol. 15, no. 1 (March 1987): 10-12.

Online Articles

Francine Prose, “Scent of a Woman’s Ink: Are Women Writers Really Inferior?”, June 1998.

Peggy Kelly, “Anthologies and the Canonization Process: A Case Study in the English-Canadian Literary Field, 1920-1950,” 2000.

Juliana Spahr and Young, “Numbers Trouble”, 2007.

Rebecca Solnit, “Men Who Explain Things: Every Woman Knows What It’s Like to be Patronized by a Guy Who Won’t Let Facts Get in the Way”, April 13, 2008.

Sina Queryas, “The Gatekeepers and the Glass Ceiling, Notes Toward an Essay on the Count”, February 24, 2011.

For more essays by Sina Queyras, see:?

Meg Wolitzer, “The Second Shelf: On the Rules of Literary Fiction for Men and Women,” March 30, 2012.

Natalie Walschots, “Closing the Gap: Reviewing Canadian Books of Poetry Written by Women”, May 4, 2012.

Laurie D. Graham, “What is Reviewing For?”, May 18, 2012.

Erika Fry, “It’s 2012 Already: Why is Opinion Writing Still Mostly Male?”?May 29, 2012.

Roxanne Gay, “Where Things Stand,” June 6, 2012.?

Lisa Evans, Lynn Chemy, J. Nathan Matias, “Women’s representation in the media: the best data on the subject to date,”?September 7, 2012.

Kate, “Kingston WritersFest Part II: A conversation with Laurie Lewis,” October 4, 2012.

The Editors of n+1, “The Intellectual Situtation: Issue 15,” November 28, 2012.

online gambling real moneyAnnie Schutte, “It Matters If You’re Black or White: The Racism of YA Books Covers,” December 10, 2012.

Stacey May Fowles, “The Feminine Mystique at 50,” February 22, 2013.

Madelein Thien, “On transparency,” March 12, 2013.

tulia thompson, “What New York Times Critic Dwight Garner Got Wrong in his Case for Critics who are Actually Critics,” March 25, 2013.

Lynn Coady, “Twilight of the Patriarchs,” April 8, 2013.

Deborah Copaken Kogan, “My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and Letters,” April 9, 2013.

Susan Faludi, “Death of a Revolutionary,” April 15, 2013.?

Amanda Filipacchi, “Wikipedia’s Sexism Toward Female Novelists,” April 24, 2013.

Zoe Whittall, “Unequal to Me,” April 26, 2013.

Deanna Zandt, “Yes, Wikipedia Is Sexist–That’s Why It Needs You,” April 26, 2013.

Amanda Filipacchi, “Wikipedia’s Sexism,” April 27, 2013.

Annasue McCleave Wilson, “An Unseemly Emotion: PW Talks with Claire Massud,” April 29, 2013.

Kerry Clare, “On Passing Judgement,” April 29, 2013.

Laurie Lewis, “I’m a sexually liberated women, finally-at age 80,” May 1, 2013.

Jill Filipovic, “The tragic irony of feminists trashing each other,” May 2, 2013.?

Mandy Len, “On CWILA, writing, and raging feminism,” May 2, 2013.

Fiona Moore, “Poetry and Sexism in the Guardian Review: update,” May 2, 2013.

Jon Paul Fiorentino, “Sexism and Silence in the Literary Community,” May 5, 2013.

Elissa Bassist, “Funny Women #100: Writing the Next Great American Woman’s Novel, May 6, 2013.

Erin Wunker, “Hot Topic: Solidarity and Shout-outs,” May 6, 2013.

Huffington Post, “Coverflip: Maureen Johnson Calls For An End To Gendered Book Covers With An Amazing Challenge,” May 7, 2013.

Fiona Moore, “Big five poetry publishers in the UK: a gender audit,” May 8, 2013.

Hettie Jones, “The Publishing World’s Lady Problem,” May 13, 2013.?

Phoebe Wang, “CWILA Counts in More Ways than One,” May 14, 2013.

Jessica Prince and Joshua Stark, “Be it resolved: The Munk Debates should include women,” May 15, 2013.

Natalie Zina Walschots, “It Is Safer in the Dark: What the Treatment of Meggan Lambesis Tells Us About Violence, Victim-Blaming, and Silence,” May 16, 2013.

Stacey May Fowles, “Book Review: How Poetry Saved My Life, by Amber Dawn,” May 17, 2013.

Desirée Ossandon, “Women in the Arts: How Can We Give Them “A Genuine Shot at History,'” May 27, 2013.?

Foz Meadows, “Romance Cooties: Women and Science Fiction,” June 3, 2013.

Alison Croggon, “Gendered covers are failing young adult readers,” June 5, 2013.

Evie Shockley, “Shifting the (Im)balance: Race and the Poetry Canon,” June 6, 2013.

Alex Clark, “Gender balancing the books,” June 8, 2013.?

Kyle Minor, “Today in silly book reviews: Let’s all fight about Alice Munro,” June 10, 2013.

Jared Bland, “The Griffin Prize: A Canadian category has no rhyme or reason,” June 12, 2013.

S.E. Smith, “Sorry White Male Novelists, But Sexism in Publishing Is Still a Thing,” June 17, 2013.

Kathryn Heyman, “Finding women who can write is complicated at the London Review of Books,” June 19, 2013.

Trevor Corkum, “Queering CanLit: A conversation with Andrea Routley,” June 22, 2013.

Ellen Oh, “Why Being a POC Author Sucks Sometimes,” June 26, 2013.

Richard Sanger, “Richard Sanger: Of prizes and poets,” July 5, 2013.

Stacey May Fowles, “Stacey May Fowles: Down for the count,” July 8, 2013.

Erin Wunker, “Guest opinion: CWILA, gender imbalance and the tracking of silence,” July 8, 2013.

Arc Poetry Magazine Editors, “The Mid-2013 Checkpoint: Arc‘s Reviews, Poetry, Essays, and Visual Art Numbers,” August 1, 2013.

Roxane Gay, “Broader, Better Literary Conversations,” September 9, 2013.

Lesley Kenny, “David Gilmour: the shadows on the pages,” September 26, 2013.

Jessica Rose, “Women in CanLit Rise to the Top and Elevate Literary Arts and Discussion on Gender Equality,” November 13, 2013.

Charlie Smith, “Author Madeleine Thien reveals Canadian literary establishment’s bias against female writers of colour,” November 25, 2013.

Aimee Phan, “Why Mainstream Critics Fail Writers of Color,” February 24, 2014.

Christopher Myers, “The Apartheid of Children’s Literature.” March 15, 2014.

Reports from Government Agencies

Sharon Nelson, “Women and Writing in Canada: A Report and Analysis of Research Findings,” Metonymy Productions, 1982.

Radio and Podcasts

“Gender-specific literary prizes, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Q’s Sports Culture Panel”: includes an interview with Janice Zawerbny on CBC’s Q, October 29, 2012.

The Atwater Poetry Project: Sue Sinclair, January 24, 2013.?

“The Plant Intelligence Project”: an interview with Sonnet L’Abbé on CBC’s Daybreak South, March 4, 2013.?


Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism, September 24 and 25, 2009.

“Lisa Robertson & Aisha Sasha John: In Conversation,” March 4, 2013.?

“Claire Messud’s ‘The Women Upstairs,'” April 26, 2013.

“How Not to Write About Women: A Guide for Men,” August 6, 2013.

The Globe and Mail, “David Gilmour exposes literature’s diversity problem,”
September 26, 2013

Too True: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bachinsky, Marita Dachsel, Amber Dawn and Jennica Harper, SFU Vancouver, November 15, 2013