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Famous Canadian Authors (Ages 12-14)

Famous Canadian Authors (Ages 12-14)

Canada’s literary scene boasts such well-known names as Margaret Atwood, Mordecai Richler, and Leonard Cohen. This playlist delves into this rich aspect of Canadian history and culture, introducing these legends to a new generation of students.

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Films in This Playlist Include
Margaret Atwood: Once in August
Ladies and Gentlemen… Leonard Cohen
Mordecai Richler: The Writer and his Roots
Jack Kerouac’s Road: A Franco-American Odyssey
A Writer in the Nuclear Age: A Conversation with Margaret Laurence
Ten Million Books: An Introduction to Farley Mowat
Still Waters: The Poetry of P.K. Page

  • Margaret Atwood: Once in August
    1984|57 min

    In Margaret Atwood: Once in August, filmmaker Michael Rubbo attempts to discover what shapes the celebrated writer's fiction and what motivates her characters. As one of Canada's most distinguished poets and novelists, Atwood is also one of this country's most elusive literary figures.

  • Ladies and Gentlemen... Mr. Leonard Cohen
    1965|44 min

    This informal black-and-white portrait of Leonard Cohen shows him at age 30 on a visit to his hometown of Montreal, where the poet, novelist and songwriter comes "to renew his neurotic affiliations." He reads his poetry to an enthusiastic crowd, strolls the streets of the city, relaxes in this three-dollar-a-night hotel room and even takes a bath.

  • Mordecai Richler: The Writer and His Roots
    1983|57 min

    This feature documentary explores Mordecai Richler's cultural and geographic roots as well as his personal reasons for writing. The film includes excerpts from several of his books and movies as well as readings by the author.

  • Jack Kerouac's Road - A Franco-American Odyssey

    Part documentary, part drama, this film presents the life and work of Jack Kerouac, an American writer with Québec roots who became one of the most important spokesmen for his generation. Intercut with archival footage, photographs and interviews, this film takes apart the heroic myth and even returns to the childhood of the author whose life and work contributed greatly to the cultural, sexual and social revolution of the 1960s.

  • A Writer in the Nuclear Age: A Conversation with Margaret Laurence
    1985|9 min

    In this short film, internationally acclaimed author Margaret Laurence passionately addresses several issues related to peace: the social responsibility of the writer; language usage and reality; jargon and "newspeak"; imagination, meaning and understanding; the nuclear threat; world leadership; the role of empathy in communication; the distinctions between fiction and didactic writing; and the power of "ordinary" people to influence events. The film's scope makes this an excellent discussion starter in diverse subject areas.

  • Ten Million Books: An Introduction to Farley Mowat
    1981|25 min

    Farley Mowat has sold more books than any other Canadian writer – 10 million copies in 22 languages in 50 countries. In this short film, Mowat recalls some of his experiences that have found their way into his work.

  • Still Waters: The Poetry of P.K. Page
    1990|38 min

    This short film encapsulates the life of P.K. Page, a Canadian woman who has reached international stature as both a painter and a poet. Through an exploration of her life and art, the film shows how her powerful works have extended beyond their inherent confines into the realms of anthropology and ecology.