For Immediate Release – Madeleine Thien and David Chariandy join Brick’s editorial board

TORONTO/ May 2, 2018 – Brick is excited to announce two new members of its editorial board: Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning author Madeleine Thien and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner David Chariandy. Thien and Chariandy will be joining current editors Michael Helm, Rebecca Silver Slayter, Laurie D. Graham, Liz Johnston, Martha Sharpe, and Dionne Brand starting with issue 102, after the publication of Brick 101 at the end of this month.

“Very humbled to join this magazine I’ve long loved,” Thien said, “and to read, think and be transported alongside its editors and writers. Brick’s celebration of the overheard, the deeply attentive, the comic, and the true has brought Canadian writers to the world, and writers from across the lines into our imaginations. I’m so thrilled to be part of it.”

Chariandy and Thien have a history with Brick. Both have been contributors to the magazine, and Thien has been a contributing editor since 2016.

Thien is a fiction writer, who has published a collection of short stories and three novels. Her most recent novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Thien was born in Vancouver and now lives in Montreal.

Chariandy is the author of two acclaimed novels, and his third book, I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter, will bereleased at the end of May. Chariandy grew up in Toronto and currently lives in Vancouver, where he teaches in the English department at Simon Fraser University.

Brick publisher Laurie D. Graham says of these new additions, “We are so lucky to have Madeleine and David join Brick’s editorial board. We are all great admirers of their work. Their literary sensibilities suit Brick down to the ground. . . . They were both a perfect fit in our eyes, and I’m thrilled they agreed to come on as editors.”

Thien’s and Chariandy’s inclusion on Brick’s editorial board will help the magazine further represent its widespread audience and publish work that better reflects the cultural breadth of the literary world.

“I know they’ll bring to the magazine exhilarating, beautiful writing from writers doing urgent work,” says Graham. “We’re excited about the places they’ll take Brick.”

Chariandy and Thien will be joining Brick’s editors after some changes to the board. Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, and Linda Spalding recently stepped down, Spalding doing so after the publication of Brick 100 last winter. She took the reins as publisher in 1985 and was involved in making seventy-five issues of Brick. Over the past four years, Martha Sharpe, Dionne Brand, and Liz Johnston joined Brick’s board of editors.


Brick is an international literary journal based out of Toronto. Established in 1977 and published twice a year, Brick features essays, interviews, memoirs, travelogues, belles lettres, and unusual musings of all kinds by the world’s best-loved writers. For more information on Brick, please visit or contact Liz Johnston (details below).



Liz Johnston, Managing Editor

Brick, A Literary Journal

Ph: 416-593-9684