We are absolutely delighted to congratulate both Caroline Pignat and Kit Pearson on being shortlisted for the 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards! SHOOTER (Razorbill Canada) by Caroline Pignat is nominated for both the Amy Mather and John Spray Awards and A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS (HarperCollins Canada) by Kit Pearson is among the finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award! These awards honour some of the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators, and we are pleased that these two are among them. Congratulations to the authors and their fellow finalists.
From the Jury:
A DAY OF SIGNS AND WONDERS
“In this fictional story about two historical figures — the young Emily Carr and Victoria’s socialite, Kitty O’Reilly — Pearson delves with astute perception into the qualities and psyches of two very different personalities… Both characters are surprising and convincing, and Pearson’s respect for children’s emotions and intelligence — both her characters’ and her readers’ — is admirably apparent throughout.”
“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.”
The English-language awards will be presented at an invitation-only gala at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. The Amy Mather and John Spray Awards each come with a prize of $5000 while the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award holds a prize of $30000.
We’re ecstatic for Geoff Dembicki who has won the 2017 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Book Award for Social Justice Writing for the chapter “Staying Alive in Paris”, from his book ARE WE SCREWED? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change. The book was published by Bloomsbury in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. in August.
Congratulations to Sharon Bala, who has been long-listed for the 2017 Journey Prize, for her story “Reading Week” (first published in PRISM International)! This is her second nomination for this prize, with the nomination for “Butter Tea at Starbucks” (first published in The New Quarterly) being announced earlier this month.
Awarded through Writers’ Trust of Canada, McClelland & Stewart’s The Journey Prize lauds an emerging Canadian writer for a short story originally published in a Canadian literary magazine. Previous winners of The Journey Prize include Yann Martel, Alissa York, Jessica Grant, Yasuko Thanh, Timothy Taylor and Miranda Hill. Sharon’s “Butter Tea at Starbucks” and “Reading Week” will appear in The Journey Prize Stories 29, along with the other nominees. The winner will be selected from the anthology’s stories and will receive $10,000 from the Trust.
Sharon’s highly anticipated debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, is forthcoming from McClleland & Stewart Canada and Doubleday Books US in January 2018.
To view the full longlist, please visit www.writerstrust.com/Awards/Journey-Prize.aspx.
This week the 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominees were announced, and we are absolutely delighted that ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) by Katherine Ashenburg and illustrated by Capuzine Mazille, is on the list! This is an Alberta-based reader’s choice award that invites students in grades 4-7 and their educators to select their favourite books. The winner will be awarded a gold medal. Congratulations to Katherine and Capucine, and their fellow nominees!
Please visit the following link for a full list of the nominees: www.rmba.info/rmba/nominees/2018/
To learn more about the award, you may visit www.rmba.info/about/
The 2018 Red Cedar Non-fiction Award shortlist has been announced, and we are delighted to share that both Katherine Ashenburg and Nikki Tate are receiving acknowledgement for their amazing books! Katherine’s book ALL THE DIRT: A History of Getting Clean (Annick Press) and Nikki’s book DEEP ROOTS: How Trees Sustain Our Planet (Orca Book Publishers) are on the list. This is British Columbia’s reader’s choice award, in which thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across BC read from nominated lists of fiction and non-fiction and vote for their favourites in April of each year. We’re not surprised that these books are two of them!
Please visit the following link to view the full shortlist: www.redcedaraward.ca/blog/2017/05/26/the-20172018-red-cedar-nominees-for-information-are/
Also check out the following link to learn more about the award: www.redcedaraward.ca/group-leader-resources/about-red-cedar/
SHOOTER wins the 2017 Red Maple Fiction Award! Kids really do know a great book when they read one. Congratulations to Caroline Pignat — we are so thrilled for her.
This award recognizes the best fiction aimed at Grades 7-8 by a Canadian author. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the Forest of Reading program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. This award is meant to engage students aged 12-13 in reading and encourage their critical thinking skills.
Please visit the following link to learn more about the awards: www.accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Forest_of_Reading.aspx?hkey=e913abbb-1687-438d-bc68-64eda110aeb1
The Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW) have announced the longlist for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors and we are happy to share that I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid is one of the titles chosen! The longlist consists of 10 titles chosen from 41 submissions across Canada, and it was announced at the Wakefield Writers Festival’s Writers Pride Evening in Wakefield, Quebec.
This is a new award that will be offered annually with a cash prize of $500 to the winner and two years of a free OIW membership. The shortlist will be announced on May 16 and the awards ceremony will take place on June 10, 2017 at Prose in the Park.
Congratulations to Iain and his fellow longlisted authors on this achievement! To learn more about the award and to view the full longlist, please visit: www.ottawaindependentwriters.com/frank-hegyi-award
We are incredibly proud to share that I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS by Iain Reid has been voted a 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards nominee in the Novel category! The Shirley Jackson Awards honours the late author Shirley Jackson’s writing by acknowledging outstanding literature focusing on psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. Congratulations to Iain and all the other nominees!
The award will be presented at Readercon 28 on July 16.
For a full list of nominees and more information about the award, please visit www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/nominees/.