[This post has been updated] For the third year running, Tightrope books has published The Best Canadian Essays, an anthology of great Canadian non-fiction from the past year, edited by Christopher Doda and Ibi Kaslik. And like its two predecessors, the 2011 edition of Best Canadian Essays is chock full of National Magazine Award winners.
Among the seventeen works in this year’s Best Canadian Essays collection is “Lucky Strikes,” a droll meditation on cigarette smoking written by Mark Mann in Maisonneuve, which won a 2010 Gold NMA in the Humour category.
The other 2010 National Magazine Award winner in the book is “The Lizard, the Catacombs and the Clock,” an adventurous essay about the (literal) Parisian underworld by Sean Michaels originally published in the literary journal Brick. The piece took the Gold prize in One of a Kind.
Two other articles in the Best Canadian Essays 2011 book — “The Problem with Women” by Kelly Pullen (Toronto Life) and “The Enemy Inside” by Daniel Baird (The Walrus) — won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards.
National Magazine Award-winning writers Nicholas Hune-Brown (“What the Elephants Know“; Toronto Life) and Mark Kingwell (“Wage Slavery…”) are also featured in the collection.
[Update Dec 23: As brought to our attention by a user comment, Best Canadian Essays 2011 features yet another NMA honouree: Kerry Clare‘s “Love is a Let-Down” originally published in The New Quarterly received Honourable Mention in the Personal Journalism category. Kerry, sorry we missed you in the first posting. Congratulations!]