Don’t Be Such a Snob About Popular Fiction

“But if your taste in books is dictated by Canada’s literary authorities—the CBC’s Canada Reads, the Giller Prize jury, or university creative-writing departments—you’ve probably never read a book by Kelley Armstrong. She writes commercial or genre fiction, which prioritizes entertainment value and narrative plot over complexity of style and ideas. Her books aren’t intended to garner critical reviews or win a Governor General’s Literary Award; they don’t do explicitly the same kind of cultural legwork—elevating marginalized voices, exposing hard truths, examining our national identity—that such institutions set out to reward.”

Mica Lemiski – The Walrus – May 2018

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