Canadian literature is approached with almost as much diversity as the nation itself. For some, Canadian literature means the Farley Mowat short story they were made to read in school. For some, it is just a fragment of our national presence, but for others, it is the most valuable presence we have to offer. In late October, six significant contributors to the Canadian literary firmament spoke before a sold out audience at the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre. These included Margaret Atwood, Emily Schultz, Dionne Brand, Louise Dennys, Aritha Van Herk, and Graham Gibson. The discussion continued a question that Atwood asked in 1972 with Survival: what is Canadian literature, and why should we be concerned about it?