Literary Review of Canada

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Literary Review of Canada
Editor Bronwyn Drainie
Frequency Ten per year
Circulation 6,500 per month[1]
Year founded 1991; 30 years ago (1991)
Country Canada
Based in Toronto
ISSN 1188-7494

The Literary Review of Canada (or LRC) is a Canadian magazine that publishes ten times a year. The magazine publishes essays and reviews of books on political, cultural and social topics, as well as Canadian poetry. In January 2008 the LRC started publishing reviews and essays online in its "Online Originals" feature.[2]

Readers of the magazine tend to be upper-middle class and highly educated. 85 per cent of LRC readers are over 45, 61 per cent have household incomes $100,000 or over, and 41 per cent of readers have PhDs.[1]


The LRC was founded in 1991[3] in Toronto by Patrice Dutil. In 1996, he sold the magazine to Carleton University Press. In 1998, the magazine was sold to partners David Berlin, Denis Deneau and later partner and managing editor Helen Walsh. Berlin left in 2001, the same year Mark Lovewell joined as partner and eventually co-publisher. Deneau left in early 2003. Current editor Bronwyn Drainie was hired in 2003.

The magazine began publishing poetry early on in its history, through the original efforts of Wayne Ray and the Canadian Poetry Association.

The LRC unveiled its list of the 100 most important Canadian books ever published in the January/February 2006 and March 2006 issues. The list ran in chronological order, starting with Jacques Cartier's Bref récit et succincte narration de la navigation faite en MDXXXV et MDXXXVI, published in 1545, and ending with Jane Jacobs' Dark Age Ahead, published in 2004.[4]

In September 2008, the LRC published the winning selection of its New Voices[5] call for essays, "Progressivism's End" by David Eaves and Taylor Owen.[6] Essays by Andrew Ng and John Robson were also published online. It continues to publish "Online Original" essays on its website.


The magazine's current editor is Bronwyn Drainie and the co-publishers are Helen Walsh and Mark Lovewell. Past editors include founder Patrice Dutil, David Berlin, Anthony Westell and Lewis DeSoto.

The current poetry editors are Molly Peacock and Moira MacDougall. Past poetry editors include Fred Wah, Matt Williams and George Murray.

Articles are illustrated by original artwork by illustrators such as Barbara Klunder, Tom Pokinko, Silvia Nickerson, Aino Anto, Kevin Sylvester, Clarke MacDonald and Aimee Van Drimmelin.

Advisory council members are Michael Adams, Ron Atkey, Alan Broadbent, Chris Ellis, James Gillies, Carol Hansell, John Honderich, Sandy Houston, Donald Macdonald, Trina McQueen, Susan Reisler, Grant Reuber, Don Rickerd, Rana Sarkar, Mark Sarner, Bernard Schiff, Reed Scowen and Anthony Westell.

Writers who have been published in the magazine include Margaret Atwood, Jack Granatstein, Joan Givner, Rex Murphy, Barbara McDougall, Alberto Manguel, Kent Roach, David Macfarlane, Peter Russell, John Bemrose, Sylvia Ostry, William Watson, Lloyd Axworthy, Drew Hayden Taylor, Alanna Mitchell, Moez Surani, Lynn Crosbie, Preston Manning, Janice Stein, David M. Malone, Richard Gwyn, Noah Richler, Paul Knox, Brad Fraser, Jennifer Welsh, Marcus Gee, Ezra Levant, Charles Foran, Michael Valpy, Michael Geist, Gilles Paquet, Wade Rowland, John Ralston Saul, and Conrad Black.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Still standing, niche magazine celebrates 20 years". Toronto Star. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Online Originals"
  3. Deborah Dundas (23 April 2015). "Brave new world for Canada's literary journals". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. LRC 100
  5. "New Voices"
  6. "Progressivism's End"

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