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Appropriation, identity and writing

About a dozen Canadians with indigenous ancestry contributed stories and essays

Mihir S Sharma 

Mihir S Sharma Over in sleepy Canada — a country not precisely at the centre of the books world — an unusual controversy has rocked the literary establishment. It has led to complaints, resignations, sensitivity training, and the usual lengthy op-eds and think-pieces. But it’s the sort of thing that needs to be looked at carefully, for it’s a valuable guide to the pitfalls of writing in the 21st century.   It started simply enough: With an edition of Write magazine, brought out by the Writers’ Union of Canada every three months, that was dedicated to writing by ...

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