We are thrilled to announce that Pauline Dakin has won the prestigious 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for her book RUN, HIDE, REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Viking)! The award is administered by Wilfrid Laurier University and honours Canadian writers who have written a first or second work of non-fiction, and carries an award of $10,000.
From Award Juror Bruce Gillespie:
“This is a true story unlike any other you’ve read that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. More than just a mystery, Dakin’s memoir is also a moving reflection on the complexity of family relationships.”
Pauline Dakin will be celebrated at two public events at Wilfrid Laurier University on November 8th and November 9th.
Please visit the following link for more information: https://www.wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2018/sept/edna-staebler-creative-non-fiction-winner.html
Double the congratulations today as we celebrate two authors shortlisted for this year’s Ottawa Book Awards under English Fiction – Nina Berkhout’s THE MOSAIC (Groundwood Books) and Joanne Proulx’s WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (Penguin Random House Canada)! These annual awards recognize outstanding English and French books published in the past year by local authors. The winners of each category will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. For more information about the awards and the full list of finalists, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-announces-2018-ottawa-book-awards-and-prix-du-livre-dottawa-finalists
Congratulations to Kathleen Winter, whose bestselling debut novel ANNABEL (House of Anansi Press) has been selected as the 2018 One Book Nova Scotia title.
ANNABEL was originally published in 2010, quickly rose to #1 national bestselling status and received several award nominations. Since publication, ANNABEL has sold in 15 countries.
About One Book Nova Scotia: “a province-wide community reading event for adults. Nova Scotians are invited to read/listen to, discuss and get excited about the same book.”
Follow the link for more information: 1bns.ca/annabel
It is with great joy we announce that Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been long-listed for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize! Each year the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the prize.
From the esteemed five-member panel: “This list reflects the landscape of the current Canadian imagination: diverse, bold, edgy, exciting, reflective, aware, angry and joyous…These are stories about and beyond Canada, a list so exciting, exhibiting such pure excellence, it stands up to any list in the world, and it is great, great fun to read.”
Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit/ Oji-Cree/nehiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) in Manitowapow. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Calgary where he focuses on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the English Department.
JONNY APPLESEED IS Joshua’s debut novel. Joshua is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and is currently working on a third book tentatively titled, Making Love to the Land – a hybrid form of nehiyaw storytelling that includes poetry, fiction, and personal essay on ways of reading the land from a queer Indigenous perspective. Pieces from the manuscript have been published with Arc Poetry Magazine, in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, and forthcoming work in Prairie Fire’s NDN Country and The Fiddle.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist will be announced on October 1st. For the full long-list and for more information on the prize, please visit Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2018-longlist.
Endless congratulations to Joshua, and to all the long-listed authors.
We’re honoured to congratulate Pauline Dakin whose electric memoir RUN, HIDE, REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Viking Books) has been shortlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction!
The jury on this year’s shortlist: “The books on this year’s shortlist demonstrate the breadth of what creative non-fiction can be…All unique in their own way, these books are expertly written and compelling reads.”
The winner will be announced later this month. For more information about the award and for the full shortlist, please visit wlu.ca/news/edna-staebler-award-shortlist.
The shortlists for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards are announced, and we are cheering at our desks!
Congratulations to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra) is shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the Martha Baillie Picture Book Award.
MEATLESS? A FRESH LOOK AT WHAT YOU EAT by Sarah Elton and illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (Owlkids Books) is shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction.
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith (Penguin Teen Canada) is shortlisted for both the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. Kudos to both!
And finally, we are very proud of our clients Cary Fagan and Melanie Florence who also have books on the lists! Congratulations to all the nominees.
For the full list of nominees and more about the awards, visit the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.
We’re sending big congratulations to Kris Bertin, who has won the 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction for his book, BAD THINGS HAPPEN (Biblioasis)!
These annual awards celebrate the best Canadian literature published by independent presses and have been deemed by The Globe and Mail as “The country’s pre-eminent literary prize recognizing independent presses”.
Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which has four moveable dials, each one struck with the entire alphabet. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.
For the full list of winners, please visit: Therelitawards.blogspot.com
A big congratulations to Billy-Ray Belcourt who won the 2018 Robert Kroetsch Edmonton Book Award for THIS WOUND IS A WORLD!
“Part manifesto, part memoir, This Wound is a World is an invitation to “cut a hole in the sky to world inside.” Billy-Ray Belcourt issues a call to turn to love and sex to understand how Indigenous peoples shoulder sadness and pain like theirs without giving up on the future. His poems upset genre and play with form, scavenging for a decolonial kind of heaven where “everyone is at least a little gay.” (Source: Frontenac House)”
Heather Smith won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award in the Young Adult/Middle Reader category for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE!
Winners were selected by two juries of young readers. Students read the books and worked together to reach a consensus and select a winner. This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.
One juror commented “Bun and Busker Boy are my favourite characters of all time!” and praised to protagonist as “one-of-a-kind”.
We’re thrilled to congratulate Michelle Parise who has won Gold at The New York Festivals Radio Awards for her CBC Radio podcast ALONE: A LOVE STORY!
The NYF’s International Radio Program Awards for The World’s Best Radio Programs honours “the exceptional and innovative content being created today on all continents and seen across all platforms.”
With over 3.5 million downloads to date, this podcast memoir of love, marriage and life after betrayal resonates with audiences all over the world.
ALONE: A LOVE STORY is an intensely relatable tale of heartbreak and hope that taps into the loneliness inside all of us. No matter how many times love kicks her in the shins, Parise doesn’t give up on hope or on herself. The only thing to do once you’ve hit bottom is to swim back up!
Michelle Parise has been a producer for CBC Radio and Television for over two decades. Born and raised in Toronto in a gigantic Italian immigrant family, Michelle was surrounded by storytellers, and as a child she wrote hundreds of short stories about her life. When she was 11-years-old she wrote a feminist novella in response to a book she’d taken issue with on the Grade 7 reading list. The teacher made it part of the curriculum in the years following. Her commitment to honest storytelling started early, is what we’re getting at, and is part of everything she creates, continually striving to make connection through shared experience.
For more information about these awards, please visit: Newyorkfestivals.com/radio/