The Malahat Review at Fifty

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To celebrate The Malahat Review's fiftieth year, the University of Victoria's McPherson Library published a monograph about the literary journal that has shaped and been shaped by Canada's literary community since 1967. Then-editor John Barton and assistant editor Rhonda Batchelor teamed up with UVic's library to help gather and edit stories from previous contributors, editors, and staff of The Malahat Review. The monograph has now been made available to read for free as an open access PDF.

The following is an excerpt from an article in The Ring, UVic's community newspaper:

“A new commemorative publication, The Malahat Review at Fifty: Canada’s Iconic Literary Journal, was edited by Barton and produced by UVic Libraries as part of its imprint and publication series.

The limited-edition monograph highlights The Malahat’s achievements while looking forward to the future, and is richly illustrated with archival material from UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

Essays, critical commentaries and memoirs were provided by past and present editors, contributors and editorial board members—as well as nationally prominent writers with long associations with the journal—including Martel and UVic Chancellor Shelagh Rogers, as well as Phillip Kevin Paul, Nicholas Bradley, Wynand, Young, Eve Joseph, Jay Ruzesky, Eliza Robertson, Heather Dean, Jonathan Bengtson, Jan Zwicky and others.

'UVic Libraries is proud to showcase the 50th anniversary of The Malahat as part of our award-winning publication series devoted to our archives and special collections,' says UVic librarian and local poet Christine Walde who, as general editor of the series, led the commemorative project.

The publication was unveiled Jan. 25 and is also available online as a free, open access PDF.” — The Ring

Read the full article from the University of Victoria's Community newspaper, The Ring, here.

Read a PDF of The Malahat Review at Fifty here.