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Literature

  • Robertston Davies: Firmly In The In-Between

    Josh Nadeau

    If literature has ability and duty to blend social issues with intimate character, Convivium contributor Josh Nadeau writes, the novels of Robertson Davies reveal those in-between spaces where things are, and are not.

  • A Novel View of the Gospel

    Lloyd Mackey

    Convivium reviewer Lloyd Mackey finds David Kitz brings a dramatist’s gifts to his novel which re-tells the Passion story in The Soldier Who Killed a King. 

  • The Wash Of Silence

    Breanne Valerie

    In her continuing series for Convivium seeking to put into daily life the lessons of the Rule of Saint Benedict, writer Breanne Valerie learns from stillness why God is a Person of few words

  • My Beautiful Books

    Hannah Marazzi

    Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi offers up a hymn to books that refreshes our faith in the life of reading as sustenance of the soul.

  • Truth in Fantasy

    Celia Farrow

    On an evening walk through dark woods with her brother, Celia Farrow explores the prospect that only a real and purposeful Creator could give us the means to find reflections of  divine in the imagined.

  • A Midsummer Night’s Theme

    Celia Farrow

    On an evening walk through dark woods near her Montreal home, Celia Farrow explores the truth that only a real and purposeful Creator could allow us to to see reflections of the divine in the imagined.

  • A New and Beautiful Encounter

    Daniel Freeman

    In a new collection of essays by Father Julián Carrón, reviewer Daniel Freeman finds an enriching approach to evangelization, one born of humility and bearing great hope.

  • Independent Image

    Hannah Marazzi with Gregory Wolfe

    For nearly 30 years, Seattle-based Image journal has striven to combine the beauty of art and the mystery of faith without deferring to what founding editor Greg Wolfe calls “any single tribal group in society.” Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi asked him about the motivation and the struggles of such a venture. 

  • The Language Of Ashes

    Ruth Dick

    Surveying the smoke and clangour of current political (dis)engagement, Ottawa writer Ruth Dick echoes the wisdom of her grandfather’s life-long admonition: Listen to everyone.

  • Hand It To Atwood

    Josh Nadeau

    Convivium Contributor Josh Nadeau reports on the carefully layered nuance of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale and makes the case for why readers should give it a closer look. 

  • The Politics of Apocalypse

    Robert Joustra, Alissa Wilkinson

    Debate rages on whether it’s possible to engage a militantly secular age, or if retreat is, in Leonard Cohen’s words, “the only engine of survival.” Robert Joustra and Alissa Wilkinson in their book How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith & Politics at the End of the World, find the answer in Daniel, a prophet who profited from an apocalypse by his strategic sense of loyalty.

  • The Boundless Hope Option

    John D. O'Brien

    John D. O’Brien, S.J. reviews Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option citing its value in igniting conversation, observing also the ways in which Christians might at once be different from and love the world at the very same time.

  • Telling Our Better Stories

    Doug Sikkema

    Convivium's Doug Sikkema examines the role that story telling plays in his life as a Canadian and a man of faith. And as project lead for The Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing, he's looking for Canadian writers and poets to submit unpublished short stories or suites of poetry by June 30. There's $25,000 in prize money to be won. 

  • Writing With The Light On

    Hannah Marazzi

    Sarah Bessey, lay theologian, writer, and blogger is a Canadian whose voice has emerged to lead a generation. Convivium’s Hannah Marazzi interviewed Bessey by correspondence about the changing nature of theology in the public sphere, the importance of literature to a life of faith, and the imagery of the author’s beloved Canadian landscape that finds its way into all of her writing.

  • The Industry of Ideas

    Peter Stockland

    Publisher Peter Stockland contests the idea that the age in which we dwell is one marked entirely by misinformation and the mediocre. Rather, he points us towards the rich tradition of several publications upon which to delve and enjoy a taste of "the good, the true, and the beautiful." 

  • Full Disclosure

    T.W.S. Hunt

    Author T.W.S. Hunt reflects on the true nature of pluralism as a tool to navigate difference within both society and literature. 

  • Marilynne Robinson’s Metaphysical Inklings

    Marilynne Robinson

    Reporter Sarah Grochowski reports from the University of British Columbia, as Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and essayist Marilynne Robinson delivered spoken essays as part of the 2017 Laing Lectures hosted by Regent College’s graduate school of theology.