Pauline Dakin’s RUN, HIDE, REPEAT is shortlisted for the 2018 Edna Staebler Award!

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.

TRANSATLANTIC AUTHORS FEATURED ON CANADIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTRE AWARDS 2018 SHORTLISTS

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.

Kris Bertin’s BAD THINGS HAPPEN wins 2017 ReLit Award for Short Fiction

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

Billy-Ray Belcourt wins the 2018 Robert Kroetsch Edmonton Book Award!

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 for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE

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”.

Congratulations Heather!

 

Michelle Parise’s ALONE: A LOVE STORY WINS GOLD AT THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS RADIO AWARDS!

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/

David Huebert’s Peninsula Sinking Runner Up for Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

We’re delighted to announce David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) was runner up for the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award – congratulations, David!

This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language. PENINSULA SINKING has been selected as the runner up from 39 submitted collections.

From the Jury:
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”

PENINSULA SINKING explores the relation between periphery and centre, using the metaphor of rising sea levels to examine the various emotional crises of underemployed Nova Scotians caught between the place they love deeply and the brute fact that opportunity lies elsewhere.

Three Transatlantic Authors Shortlisted for 2018 Trillium Award!

Three Transatlantic authors have been shortlisted for the 2018 Trillium Award! Rebecca Rosenblum‘s SO MUCH LOVE (McClelland & Stewart Canada), Catherine Hernandez‘s SCARBOROUGH (Arsenal Pulp Press) and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson‘s THE ACCIDENT OF BEING LOST (House of Anansi Press) are all in the running for Ontario’s leading literary award.

This annual award honours the quality and diversity of Ontario’s writers and writing. The winners will be announced on June 21. Congratulations to you all and good luck!

For further information about the award and the full shortlist, please visit: OMDC.on.ca//Finalists_2018_Trillium_Book_Award

Three Transatlantic authors named winners at 2018 Atlantic Book Awards gala!

The 2018 Atlantic Book Awards were presented last night at a gala ceremony held in Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library and we’re congratulating three Transatlantic authors this morning!

POWERED BY LOVE: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Goose Lane Editions) is the winner of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association’s Best Atlantic-Published Book Award; David Huebert‘s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) is the winner of the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award – Fiction; and Sarah Faber‘s ALL IS BEAUTY NOW (McClelland & Stewart) is the winner of the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction.

The Atlantic Book Awards are twelve annual awards that strive to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing. For more information about the awards and a full list of winners, please visit Atlanticbookawards.ca.

 

David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS shortlisted for 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award!

We’re pleased to announce both David Huebert’s PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis) and Lori McNulty’s LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions) have made the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award Short List!

This annual award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in the previous year in the English language.

This shortlist of five was selected by a jury from 39 submitted collections. The winners will be announced at the Canadian Writers’ Summit (June 14–17) in Toronto.

From the Jury:
David Huebert, PENINSULA SINKING (Biblioasis)
“A sense of wonderment penetrates the everyday lives of characters from the Maritimes in this well-crafted, compelling collection that displays a mastery of classical short-story structure and technique. Huebert’s vibrant language juxtaposes tough characters with tender preoccupations, creating narratives that are unsettling and mesmerizing, making ordinary moments in relationships thrilling and dangerous.”

From the Jury:
Lori McNulty, LIFE ON MARS (Goose Lane Editions)
“This marvellous collection displays a deep understanding of human nature through its gritty, complex, vivid, and believable characters, who find themselves experiencing alienation no matter where they live or travel in the world. McNulty’s language is lucid, fluid, and precise, employing inventive similes and metaphors. The work highlights the fragile, random unpredictability of life: we are victims of our circumstances, our natures, and our bodies.”

Congratulations David and Lori! We’re wishing you the best of luck.

For more information and the full short list, please visit Writersunion.ca/short-list-2017-danuta-gleed-literary-award