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Granta, the British literary journal with roots winding back to the late 19th century, will publish its 141st issue in October. Despite a global readership a shade more than 36,000, the quarterly punches well above its weight; it is revered in publishing circles, and appearing in its pages can earn a previously unknown writer a book deal. From time to time, the magazine devotes an entire issue to the literature of a single country. Later this year, that honour falls to Canada for the first time.
“We’re trying to celebrate this great literary culture which has defined so many people’s understanding of the country,” says deputy editor Rosalind Porter, a Canadian who has lived in Britain for the better part of two decades. “It really is an intriguing way of accessing a country: In your imagination, through a sample of their literature.”
It’s difficult to pinpoint just how many readers from around the world are accessing Canada through its literature.
There was a period of time, not too long ago, when Canadian literature was arguably the toast of the publishing industry, speaking to both Canada and the world.