Alexa Dooseman lives in Portland, Oregon where she writes, reads and walks her dog in the rain. Her humor pieces, essays and book reviews have appeared in a variety of places, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus and BuzzFeed. She has her MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, a degree earned mainly by obsessing over every Emily Dickinson dash. Alexa is currently at work on her debut middle grade magical realism novel. It follows an 11 year-old girl who is willed a mysterious, plot-shifting book, leading her to discover a secret society that has protected the magic behind books throughout history. An excerpt won first place in the middle grade category of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference Contest in Seattle, WA. In her free time, Alexa can be found hiking with her husband and reading her favorite books to her newborn son.
Transatlantic would like to congratulate Kathleen Winter, Carol Off and Paul Harbridge whose books have been named finalists for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards! Winter’s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) is a finalist for Fiction, Off’s ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada) is a finalist for Non-Fiction and Harbridge’s WHEN THE MOON COMES, illustrated by Matt James (Tundra Books) is a finalist for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books.
Each year, the Canada Council for the Arts honours the best in Canadian literature with its Governor General’s Literary Awards (the GGs). As Canada’s national literary awards, the GGs represent the rich diversity of Canadian literature. For each category, a peer assessment committee, comprised of fellow authors, translators and illustrators, makes the final selection. Each GG winner receives $25,000; each nonwinning finalist receives $1,000. The publisher of each winning book receives $3,000 to help promote the book.
The winners will be announced on November 1st. For the full list of finalists, please visit GGbooks.ca.
Mark your calendars with these fantastic fall events with Martha Baillie, author of recently published IF CLARA (Coach House Books). Her previous novel, THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLOGEL, has just been released in French by Actes Sud.
October 4, 7 pm: LITERARY ENCOUNTER – “THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLÖGEL”: MUSIC AND POST CARDS (Lecture in French)
Martha Baillie, a Canadian novelist, will discuss her latest book published by Actes Sud: The Search for Heinrich Schlögel, accompanied by Sophie Perceval, journalist and cultural entrepreneur, and the novel`s translator, Paule Noyart, three-time winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award for her translations.
Canadian composer, Nic Gotham, wrote a piece inspired by this literary work. Rick Sacks (percussion), Jonno Lightstone (clarinet), Stephen Clarke (piano) and Anne Bourne (cello) will interpret Gotham’s work for this occasion, blending music, literary, fantasy, and self-discovery.
24 spadina road
M5R 2S7 Toronto,
October 5, 7-10 pm: COACH HOUSE FALL LAUNCH
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St.)
October 17, 7-8:30 pm: EH LIST READING
More details here – Torontopubliclibrary.ca/EhList
October 22: IFOA: International Festival of Authors – moderating panel of European Writers.
November 15, 7-8:30 pm: READING AT BLUE HERON
62 Brock St W, Uxbridge
We’re loving this shot of Joanne Proulx during her launch for WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (Viking Press) this past weekend.
This sophomore novel was published last month and has since collected the following accolades on top of the tremendous pre-publication support:
“We All Love the Beautiful Girls has the ability to leave a reader breathless.” – Quill and Quire
“We All Love the Beautiful Girls reads like a thriller film. A cast of characters with a Canadian connection (the setting is in Quebec) whose individual lies are closely examined. As they begin to untangle and snap, the reader is catapulted into a reality that is not only vivid but jarring to the eye and heart.” – Thirty Four Flavours
“In We All Love the Beautiful Girls I knew what issues I wanted to explore and I let parts of my own life, my own experiences, influence those issues.” – Q&A with Beaux-Mondes
One of The Casual Optimist’s book covers of note for September.
Congrats on a fantastic first month of publication, Joanne!
In this collection a boy finds a vocation as a weaver of bread. A Russian woman, thought dead, e-mails greetings to her adolescent sister in a Canadian suburb. An investment banker vanishes and is found fifteen years later when his daughter discovers a painting of herself in a distant gallery. With wit and ache, Daniel Karasik’s FAITHFUL AND OTHER STORIES evokes a world of seekers, characters panning for meaning in environments by turns hostile, mystifying, and enchanted. This collection brings together stories honoured with the CBC Short Story Prize, The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, and the Alta Lind Cook Prize.
Daniel has been a winner of the CBC Short Story Prize, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction. His previous books include Hungry, a poetry collection, and three volumes of plays. His writing for the stage has been produced across Canada, in the United States, and frequently in translation in Germany. He lives in Toronto.
THE BEST CANADIAN SPORTS WRITING, which is edited by Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla, publishes today with ECW Press! Happy Book Birthday Stacey May and Pasha! The book contains 38 pieces that showcases some of the best sports writing in Canada!
From the Publisher: “For 25 years, sports journalists south of the border have been collected in best-of anthologies. With Best Canadian Sports Writing, editors Stacey May Fowles and Pasha Malla offer a long overdue rejoinder from the North, showcasing top literary sports writing from diverse homegrown talent.
This extraordinary anthology of recent writing mixes columns and long-form journalism, profiles and reportage, new voices and well-known favourites such as Stephen Brunt, Rachel Giese, Eric Koreen, Morgan Campbell, and Cathal Kelly. The assembled pieces offer polished prose, unusual perspectives, and rare insight, whether it’s Shireen Ahmed taking on Kobe Bryant, Anshuman Iddamsetty aspiring for sumo size, or Eva Holland tracing the rise and fall of ski ballet. With its many voices and approaches, Best Canadian Sports Writing expands the genre into more democratic and conversational territory, celebrating the perspectives of both fans and experts alike.
These remarkable pieces offer lasting insight that, like sport itself, excites, inspires, and never fails to reveal the truth about ourselves.”
“It’s refreshing to see works by female writers and formerly taboo topics such as sexual assault and minority representation. The stories range from column length to epic, and they cover disparate sports, but all have great writing that holds the book together.” — Publishers Weekly
“We live in one of the best sports nations in the world and our writers are just as great as our athletes. Best Canadian Sports Writing is proof of that — each story will have you hooked.” — Ken Reid, author and Sportsnet broadcaster
“As someone who has lived through the highs and lows of sports, I’m thrilled by this book. Finally, a book that isn’t afraid to tackle the emotional, complex, and triumphant aspects of sports for fans of all stripes.” — Perdita Felicien, Olympian, World Champion, sports broadcaster
Visit the following link to learn more and to pre-order the book! https://ecwpress.com/products/best-canadian-sports-writing
One of Canada’s most respected journalists – currently the host of CBC radio’s flagship program “As It Happens” – Carol Off, relates the gripping story of a family’s desperate attempts to escape Afghan warlords, Taliban oppression, and the persecutions of refugee life.
ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND is an action-packed and complex story of lives intertwined on opposite sides of the world. In the tradition of The Land Between, it explores the intensity of raising a family in a constant state of limbo – all guided by the good faith and convictions of a journalist who could not simply walk away. Not this time. The result is a deeply personal, emotional journey that took over a decade to complete – a journey from one home in search of another.
About the Author
Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the US and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan.
Off is the author of the best-selling books The Lion, the Fox and the Eagle: A Story of Generals and Justice in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada’s Secret War, which won the prestigious Dafoe Foundation Award. Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World’s Most Seductive Sweet, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award and was nominated for the prestigious Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing.
Praise for Carol Off
“The CBC reporter steers by her own conscience and that is to tell the story from the point of view of the powerless.” —Vancouver Sun
“One of our country’s finest and most prolific journalists…Off’s journalistic style reveals a deep humanity in the stories she tells about Canadians and people around the world.” —Richard Hardacre, ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) National President
“There are a number of terms one could choose to describe Carol Off…most of which may appear incongruous when taken together. High-school dropout. Single mother. Award-winning filmmaker. Author. Arts reporter. War correspondent. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in many roles…The urge to put the story first is typical of Off…Off loves to report on the artistic scene, with its colourful and passionate characters, and rich and complex narratives. She loves the challenge and the struggle to engage viewers who don’t always care. But even though this beat always piques her curiosity, she is always drawn back to current affairs.” —Alexandra Shimo, The Globe and Mail
“Off writes with a meticulous sense for disconcerting details that resonate with ugly truth.” —Calgary Straight
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