The Literary Review of Canada (or LRC) is a Canadian print 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.[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. Bronwyn Drainie was hired in 2003 and held the position until 2016. The magazine's editor in chief as of July 2016 is Sarmishta Subramanian.[4]

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.[5]

In September 2008, the LRC published the winning selection of its New Voices[6] call for essays, "Progressivism's End" by David Eaves and Taylor Owen.[7] Essays by Andrew Ng and John Robson were also published online. It continues to publish "Online Original" essays on its website.

On its 25th anniversary in the fall of 2016, the magazine published "The LRC 25" supplement, a selection of the 25 most influential non-fiction books published in Canada during that time. The chosen titles were presented by Canadian luminaries like Niigan Sinclair, Nahlah Ayed and Lee Maracle.[8]


The magazine's current editor is Sarmishta Subramanian. Longtime publisher Helen Walsh stepped down in September 2017 and was replaced by board member Mark Lovewell.[9] Past editors include founder Patrice Dutil, David Berlin, Anthony Westell, Lewis DeSoto and Bronwyn Drainie.

The current poetry editor is Moira MacDougall. Past poetry editors include Fred Wah, Matt Williams, Molly Peacock 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, Alan Broadbent, Chris Ellis, Carol Hansell, Donald Macdonald, Trina McQueen, Grant Reuber, Don Rickerd, Rana Sarkar, Mark Sarner, and Bernard Schiff.

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, Conrad Black, Bob Rae, Zoe Whittall, Pankaj Mishra and Andy Lamey.


  1. ^ a b "Still standing, niche magazine celebrates 20 years". Toronto Star. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Online Originals" Archived 2008-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Deborah Dundas (23 April 2015). "Brave new world for Canada's literary journals". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Personnel Change: Sarmishta Subramanian appointed editor-in-chief at LRC Quill and Quire". Quill and Quire. 2016-06-23. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  5. ^ LRC 100 Archived 2008-09-14 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "New Voices" Archived 2008-09-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Progressivism's End" Archived 2008-09-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "The LRC 25 The Literary Review of Canada". Literary Review of Canada. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  9. ^ Dundas, Deborah (2017-09-12). "The Literary Review of Canada replaces publisher Helen Walsh". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 

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