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Edited by Robert Weaver.

Toronto, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, c1982.
176pp, paper, $9.95.
ISBN 0-88794-104-4.

Grades 11 and up.
Reviewed by Linda May Bell.

Volume 11 Number 2.
1983 March.

The stories in this outstanding collection were commissioned by Robert Weaver for the CBC radio program Anthology and reflect the creative talents of Canadian writers from coast to coast. As representatives of our literary culture, they continue to garner praise for their short fiction as well as for poetry and longer works. These previously unpublished stories demonstrate their mastery of this challenging literary form and will find a warm welcome awaiting them from readers everywhere.

The authors included in the collection are Margaret Atwood, Clark Blaise, Jack Hodgins, W.P. Kinsella, Norman Levine, Joyce Marshall, Alden Nowlan, Jane Rule, Leo Simpson, Audrey Thomas, Kent Thompson, Helen Weinzweig, many of whom are studied on high school English curricula. This is a useful mixture of male and female writers from a broad background of Canadian cultures and geographic areas so that the collection is very representative of Canadian feelings and experiences. It would be very useful in a senior English Canadian Literature survey course and would be a good support piece in the library for students who choose to do an in-depth study of the short story genre or one of the authors and wish to read samples of shorter works to supplement the novels covered in class.

This is also an anthology of stories written for the oral mode of radio. They are excellent narratives that lend themselves to play or scene production. Description is sharp and concise, and action and dialogue are well tuned and easily dramatized.

"Robert Weaver. . .as founding editor of the highly respected Tamarack Review has provided a forum for the best of contemporary Canadian literature. As originator and executive producer of the popular Anthology radio series, he has created a voice for the literary spokesmen of our times." This fifth collection of short stories by Canadian writers is a very good read and a useful addition to any library.

Linda May Bell, Wellington County Board of Education, Guelph, ON.
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