Engaged with the past

Recent creative writing about Canadian history

Posted December 14, 2020

There are many different ways to tell stories about history, and the books included on this list involve a range of creative-writing approaches while exploring aspects of Canadian history.

Some of their authors use poetry to present topics such as women in the West, a B.C. school for children with disabilities, colonialism in Canada, and the legacies of immigration.

Other books include a graphic novel inspired by the legend of a woman roadhouse owner and serial killer, a woodcut biography of Leonard Cohen, a memoir of life at residential school, and mixed-genre books by Michelle Porter and Mariianne Mays Wiebe.

Approaching Fire, mixed genres and poetry by Michelle Porter

Ghosts Still Linger, poems by Kat Cameron

The Emperor’s Orphans, creative non-fiction by Sally Ito

Burden, historical poems by Douglas Burnet Smith

Kate Wake, multi-genre novel by Mariianne Mays Wiebe

Leonard Cohen: A Woodcut Biography, by George A. Walker

The Burden of Gravity, poems by Shannon McConnell

Agnes, Murderess, graphic novel by Sarah Leavitt

Genocidal Love: Life after Residential School, fictionalized memoir by Bevann Fox

my yt mama, poems by Mercedes Eng

I Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country?, stories by An Antane Kapesh

Fields of Light and Stone, poems by Angeline Schellenberg

The Red Chesterfield, crime-fiction novella by Wayne Arthurson

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