Challenge

“Things are not always what they seem,” said the Roman fabulist Phaedrus. “First appearances deceive many.” Many, but not all. Those who dare to look more closely are well represented in Canadian literature. Our literature has more than its fair share of rebels and provocateurs – writers who push the boundaries of form and convention.

Our fiction is full of characters who challenge norms, circumstances, and assumptions in pursuit of something better. Characters who speak when they’re meant to be silent, who remain true to their conscience, who expose the truth – despite the consequences.

Our non-fiction tackles power structures and practices that normalize injustice or deception. It lends urgency to issues we might otherwise ignore and compels us to consider how things might be different.

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A Disappearance in Damascus

Winner of the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction:
In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, the renowned journalist Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance ...

Annabel

By Kathleen Winter
Categories: Fiction
Series: Challenge

Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General's Award for Fiction, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

In 1968, into the beautiful, spare environment of remote coastal Labrador, ...

Brown

By Kamal Al-Solaylee
Categories: Social Science
Series: Challenge

Winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction and the Trillium Book Award

A Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Life ...

Chaque automne j'ai envie de mourir

«Mais moi on dirait que j'ai pas signé de contrat, je me rappelle pas d'avoir signé ça là, un contrat de gentillesse sociale, pis je me dis que, qu'on se connaisse ou pas, on se parle des fois quand ...

Eux

Eux, c’est l’histoire d’un adolescent victime d’intimidation. Un jeune battu, extorqué, ridiculisé à outrance par des camarades de classe, et ce, sans rime ni raison apparente. Un jeune dont ...

even this page is white

By Vivek Shraya
Categories: Poetry
Series: Challenge

Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature winner

Lambda Literary Award finalist

Longlisted for Canada Reads

As a writer, musician, performance artist, and filmmaker, Vivek Shraya ...

J'accuse

Les gens pensent avoir le cœur sur la main parce qu’ils donnent leur vingt piasses annuel à Opération Enfant Soleil. Ils se sentent engagés, conscientisés pis sensibles quand ils versent une larme ...

La bête à sa mère

« Ma mère se suicidait souvent. Elle a commencé toute jeune, en amatrice. Très vite, maman a su obtenir la reconnaissance des psychiatres et les égards réservés aux grands malades. Pendant que ...

Le plongeur

Nous sommes à Montréal au début de l’hiver 2002. Le narrateur n’a pas vingt ans. Il aime Clive Barker et Lovecraft, le métal, les comic books et les romans de science-fiction des années soixante ...

Ma vie rouge Kubrick

By Simon Roy
Series: Challenge

« The Shining », de Stanley Kubrick, cette histoire étrange située dans un hôtel où s’installent hors saison un écrivain, sa femme et leur garçon aux pouvoirs extrasensoriels, a impressionné ...