Kai Thomas speaking from behind a podium Culture

An unconventional path to literary stardom

As an undergraduate, Kai Thomas, BA’16, examined old newspaper ads in the McGill Library about runaway slaves. That research helped inform In the Upper Country, his first novel, which won one of Canada’s top literary prizes last year.

Anuja Varghese Culture

How one bad day led to a triumphant year

Anuja Varghese, BA’05, won two major Canadian literary awards in 2023, but she struggled in her first attempts to put her book Chrysalis together. “I was trying to write what I thought belonged in a literary short story collection.” Things got easier once she focused on the “the weird stuff, the ghost stories.”

Author Heather O’Neill (Photo: Owen Egan and Joni Dufour) People

How Heather O’Neill became one of Canada’s best writers

Heather O’Neill’s time at McGill deepened her love of books, but she avoided sharing details about her difficult past with classmates. Once she decided to open up about those experiences, it put her on the path to becoming one of the country’s most-admired authors.

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Voices from the Past: How Lesser-Known Histories Can Help Us Navigate Today

In the lead-up to the announcement of the 2020 Cundill History Prize winner, experts from McGill's Faculty of Arts explore the importance of history and historical research as a key to better understanding our world.


The road from McGill to Marvel

As comic book superheroes dominate the pop culture landscape, Ethan Sacks, BA’94, and Mariko Tamaki, BA’98, are making their mark with comics about Hawkeye and Supergirl.

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