The Burgess Shale

The Canadian Writing Landscape of the 1960s

Author/Illustrator/Editor: Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood compares the Canadian literary landscape of the 1960s to the Burgess Shale, a geological formation that contains the fossils of many strange prehistoric life forms. The Burgess Shale is not entirely about writing itself, however, Atwood also provides some insight into the meagre writing infrastructure of that time, taking a lighthearted look at the early days of the institutions we take for granted today—from writers’ organizations, prizes, and grant programs to book tours and festivals.

University of Alberta Press
DateISBNBISAC CodeThemaRights available
20179781772123012LIT004080; LAN005000; LIT016000
EnglishPaperback / softback5.25 x 910.9556