THIS IS NOT MY LIFE BY DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 RBC TAYLOR PRIZE!

Congratulations to Diane Schoemperlen whose book THIS IS NOT MY LIFE has been shortlised for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize!

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The winner receives $25,000. The winner will be announced on March 6th at a gala held at the Omni King Edward hotel.  For more information on the finalists and the award, please visit, Thecharlestaylorprize.ca/2017/finalists

THE JURY CITATION:
“Diane Schoemperlen’s skillful, conversational writing takes the reader on a harrowing journey through hope and happiness to heartbreak. The brutally honest way she describes her love affair with a prisoner serving time for second degree murder is remarkable. In understated but compelling prose she apportions blame for the failed relationship equally, chronicling her own faults as well as those of her lover. This compelling tale of ill-fated love, told with humour as well as humility is also a powerful indictment of the prison system in Canada.”

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, DIANE SCHOEMPERLEN has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 story collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. Viking Penguin U.S. published In the Language of Love, Forms of Devotion, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, Red Plaid Shirt, and Names of the Dead: An Elegy for the Victims of September 11. Her books have been published internationally in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Korea, and China. In 2007 she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada and in 2012, she was Writer-in-Residece at Queen’s University.

THIS IS NOT MY LIFE longlisted for The RBC Taylor Prize

SDThisIsNotMyLifeBannerCongratulations to Diane Schoemperlen whose memoir THIS IS NOT MY LIFE (HarperCollins Canada) has been longlisted for 2017 The RBC Taylor Prize!

The RBC Taylor Prize commemorates Charles Taylor’s “pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The Prize will be awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception.”

The shortlist will be announced on January 11, 2017 and the winner will be announced at a gala on March 6, 2017.

For a full list of the longlisted titles, please visit: Thecharlestaylorprize.ca/latest-news

TWO TRANSATLANTIC AUTHORS LONGLISTED FOR BC NATIONAL AWARD FOR NON-FICTION

SDThisIsNotMyLifeBannerCongratulations to Diane Schoemperlen and Sandra Martin whose books THIS IS NOT MY LIFE (HarperCollins Canada) and A GOOD DEATH (HarperCollins Canada), respectively, have been longlisted for the 2017 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

BC Achievement Foundation chair Keith Mitchell says, “This year’s lineup of Canadian non-fiction titles continues a strong tradition of excellence among our national writers.”

This is one of Canada’s leading literary non-fiction prizes. The longlist was selected from 137 books from 35 publishers.

MSAGoodDeathBannerCovThe BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction will announce its shortlist in December and the award will be presented in Vancouver in early 2017.

For more information and for a list of all ten longlisted books, please visit BCachievement.com/nonfiction/longlist