The Literary Review of Canada Charitable Organization provides a forum for lively, in-depth conversation about books, culture, politics and ideas. While this discussion often begins in the pages of the print magazine, it also plays out on our website, at the LRC's Speaker Series and at Spur, our national festival of politics, art and ideas.
As “Canada’s answer to the New York Review of Books or Times Literary Supplement” (The Globe and Mail), the LRC’s editorial mandate is to provide a national platform for the exchange of important, exciting ideas. Since 1991, the magazine has showcased public conversations that are distinctively Canadian, offering nuanced consideration of this country’s culture and public affairs – topics absent from even the finest international publications, and too often neglected at home.
The support of individual Canadians has helped us not only survive the churn of other magazine titles to reach a landmark 25th anniversary, but to foster bold, incisive, public discussion about issues that have an impact on all Canadians. To mark our 25th anniversary, the LRC is producing a special editorial supplement on the 25 most important Canadian books published since 1991 that have had a lasting – or at least seminal – influence on the development of Canadian thought, politics, or culture.
Over the past 25 years, the LRC has received praise from across disciplinary and political borders: admirers describe the publication as “the most intelligent magazine in Canada” (Alberto Manguel); “a precious forum for serious – and seriously engaging – exchanges of ideas” (Naomi Klein); “Canada’s leading journal of opinion” (Tom Flanagan); “funny, annoying, interesting and literary…which is why I make a point of reading it” (JR Saul); “our best book review ever by far” (Michael Bliss); “the pitbull of CanLit” (Lawrence Hill) and “the contemporary record of Canadian public thought“ (Michael Valpy).
About Our Charity
Since 1991, the LRC has published articles by many of the country's very best writers, on everything from international relations and cloning to new fiction, and was the first publisher to win the prestigious Kroeger College Award for Public Discourse. The LRC runs engaging reviews of new Canadian books and essays by some of the country’s most thought-provoking authors, as well as original poetry and illustration. Contributors include Peter C. Newman, Lisa Moore, John Ralston Saul, Hugh Segal, Charlotte Gray, Linden MacIntyre, Erna Paris, Rawi Hage, Margaret Atwood, Ian Hacking, Denise Chong, Andrew Coyne, and Jennifer Welsh. In addition to our print magazine, the LRC also hosts a year-round Speakers' Series in Toronto and the Spur festival, a national festival of politics, art and ideas that takes place in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Guelph.
Originally an incorporated not-for-profit, the LRC made the transition to charitable status in order to better fulfill its mission of sparking national conversation about important books and ideas. Donations help to support the efforts of the LRC staff, advisory council and other dedicated volunteers in advancing the cause of independent, intelligent Canadian media.