Congratulations to Gary Barwin whose novel YIDDISH FOR PIRATES has won the Hamilton Literary Award for fiction!
YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is a brilliant novel filled with Jewish takes on classic pirate tales – fights, prison escapes, and exploits on the high seas – but it’s also a tender love story. Rich with puns, colourful language, post-colonial satire and Kabbalistic hijinks, YIDDISH FOR PIRATES is also a compelling examination of mortality, memory, identity and persecution, from one of this country’s most talented writers.
This singular novel is the winner of the 2017 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
We’re happy to be celebrating yet another achievement for Gary Barwin! For more information about this year’s winners, please visit: Thespec.com/yiddish-for-pirates-wins-hamilton-literary-award.
Congratulations to Caroline Pignat whose novel SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) is the winner of the 2017 John Spray Mystery Award! This annual award recognizes excellence in the mystery genre. The winning book must be of high literary quality and written by a Canadian.
SHOOTER is “The Breakfast Club meets We Need to Talk About Kevin“. Told in five unique voices through prose, poetry, text messages, journals and homework assignments, things take a twist when Isabelle gets a text that changes everything: NOT A DRILL!! Shooter in the school! And one of them knows more about the shooter than they realized…
From the Jury:
“Pignat tells an incredible story through the eyes of five very different characters who have to face a situation no one could ever be prepared for…The entire story takes place over the course of one nail-biting hour, and a countdown timer at the beginning of each chapter ramps up the tension…The gripping storyline makes this impossible to put down.”
Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has won the 2017 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, for her story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly: Canadian Writers & Writing)!
From the Jury: “Tense and expertly plotted, the story is also packed with rich, sensory detail. This is writing that wades, unafraid, into complexity and controversy, but which is nuanced enough to wrangle finely drawn, utterly human characters to moments of aching vulnerability, confused pain, and unexpected joy. Bala takes big risks and reaps big rewards in this unforgettable story.”
The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize is awarded annually to an emerging writer of distinction for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, YasukoThanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. The prize holds a $10,000 prize for the winner, and $1,000 for the finalist. $2,000 goes to the the journal that originally published the winning story.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday US in January 2018.
… Joanne Bischof, whose acclaimed historical romance novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, received yet another award — a CHRISTY, the highest honor in inspirational fiction.
The award was Presented by Karen Kingsbury at a gala in Nashville, Tennesee which also marked the 50th anniversary of the award’s namesake, the groundbreaking inspirational novel, Christy by Catherine Marshall.
Here’s what Romantic Times has to say in a rare 5-star review of this 2016 Inspirational Romance of the Year, and 2017 Christy Award winning historical romance:
“The sights, sounds and people of a turn-of-the-century circus come alive in this novel that captivates from word one. Every sentence is pitch perfect, while the characters embed themselves soul deep. Charlie Lionheart is the hero of heroes and a reflection of the fairy tale “Beast.” He is so brilliantly multidimensional that he could easily live outside the pages. The romance between Charlie and Ella is heartachingly beautiful, and the redemption organically sewn into the story’s tent flaps will linger with readers for years.”
Our warmest congratulations (again!) to Joanne.
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Congratulations to Kim Bolan who is one of three women that will receive an award on November 30 from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) for their courage in reporting.
Kim of The Vancouver Sun will be honoured with the Tara Singh Hayer Memorial Award. This award recognizes a journalist who has made an important contribution to reinforcing and promoting the principle of freedom of the press in Canada or elsewhere, and who has taken personal risks or suffered physical reprisals for their work.
The award is being given to Kim for her reportage of an alleged murder plot against herself at the time when she was covering a murder trial of a former leader of the United Nations gang.
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Congratulations to Carol Off and Pauline Dakin whose books ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) and RUN, HIDE, REPEAT (Penguin Books Canada), respectively, have been longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes with an award of $40,000.
BC Achievement Foundation Chair, Scott McIntyre says, “This year’s longlist proves once again that Canadian writers of non-fiction, and their books, are alive and well…This is a sterling longlist: congratulations to all the writers, and thanks to our distinguished jury.”
The longlist was selected from 150 books from 45 publishers.
The BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist on December 1st and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2018.
For more information and a list of all ten longlisted titles, please visit: Globenewswire.com/news-release/Longlist-Announced-for-BC-s-National-Award
We are delighted to share that LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Random House Canada) by Kathleen Winter and SUN OF A DISTANT LAND (Vehicule Press) translated by Claire Holden Rothman are among the finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards! Kathleen’s novel is among three selections that are shortlisted for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, which were chosen by jury members Peggy Herring, La Florya Gauthier, and Vish Khanna. Claire’s novel is shortlisted for the Cole Foundation Prize for Transatlation, selected by jury members Renee Desjardins, Jeffrey Moore, and Greg Robinson. Congratulations to Kathleen, Claire, and their fellow nominees on these great accomplishments!
Please visit the following link for the full list of nominations.
We are thrilled to announce that Sonja Larsen has won the prestigious Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for her book RED STAR TATTOO: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary (Random House Canada)! 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:
“As is the case with lives themselves, all memoirs are unique, but this seems especially true of Sonja Larsen’s Red Star Tattoo: My Life as a Girl Revolutionary. In this coming-of-age story, she looks back at a childhood and adolescence spent searching for a sense of connection and purpose beyond her family, first in a commune and later as part of what she eventually recognized as a cult whose purported goal was to incite an American communist revolution. She captures the environment of paranoia, violence, and futility in which she grew up in a stark, frank style that never tugs on readers’ heartstrings or asks for their pity. Instead, Larsen presents a clear-eyed look at her almost unbelievable past and crafts a character study in resilience that is eminently engaging.”
Sonja Larsen will be celebrated at two events at Wilfrid Laurier University on November 9th and November 10th.
Please visit the following link for more information: https://wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2017/oct/sonja-larsen-named-2017-winner-of-the-prestigious-edna-staebler-award-for-creative-non-fiction.html
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