A whopping nine Transatlantic authors have made the 2019 Forest of Reading Awards shortlists and we can’t congratulate them all enough! These awards recognize the best work by Canadian authors and illustrators. Over a quarter of a million readers participate in the program through schools, public libraries, literacy centres and within their homes. These awards encourage a love of reading through programs aimed at children and adults who vote for the winning books.
Below is the full list of nominated Transatlantic authors:
Silver Birch Award, fiction category:
EBB & FLOW by Heather Smith
ELEPHANT SECRET by Eric Walters
Silver Birch Award, Express category:
THE LION UNDER THE TREE by Cary Fagan
Red Maple Award, fiction:
FOURTH DIMENSION, by Eric Walters
TRACKER’S CANYON by Pam Withers
Red Maple Award, non-fiction:
EVERY FALLING STAR: THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I SURVIVED AND ESCAPED NORTH KOREA, Written by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland
White Pine Award:
36 QUESTIONS THAT CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT YOU by Vicki Grant
THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE by Heather Smith
THE MOSAIC by Nina Berkhout
PRINCE OF POT by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
We have our fingers crossed for you all. For the full shortlist and more about these awards, please visit Accessola.org/web/OLA/Forest_of_Reading/Nominated_Lists.
Maureen McQuerry, Award Winning Author and Poet
We’ve just heard the fantastic news that Transatlantic Author Maureen Doyle McQuerry will receive a special “Washington Voices Award” this weekend alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and 127 other poets who contributed to WA 129, an anthology published in 2017 by Sage Hill Press of Spokane.
This special award, presented by the Washington Center for the Book, “recognizes the significance of the anthology in the literary landscape of Washington.”
The Washington Center for the Book is a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.
Washington State Book Awards honors works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication’s literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality to an author who was born in Washington state or is a current resident and has maintained residence here for at least three years.
The 2018 Washington State Book Awards are made possible in part by the generous support of the Amazon Literary Partnership.
McQuerry’s next book, BETWEEN BEFORE AND AFTER, releases in February, 2019.
Maureen is represented by Sandra Bishop. For inquires, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re thrilled to announce three Transatlantic authors have been named finalists for this year’s Governor General Awards! Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been nominated in the Fiction category, Billy-Ray Belcourt‘s THIS WOUND IS A WORLD (Frontenac House) has been nominated under the Poetry category, Heather Smith‘s EBB & FLOW (Kids Can Press) for the Young People’s Literature category – massive congratulations to you all!
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 October 30th, good luck to Joshua, Billy-Ray and Heather, and to all the nominated authors! For the full list of finalist and more about the award, please visit: Ggbooks.ca/#finalists
We are thrilled to announce that Pauline Dakin has won the prestigious 2018 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for her book RUN, HIDE, REPEAT: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood (Viking)! 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:
“This is a true story unlike any other you’ve read that will keep you guessing from beginning to end. More than just a mystery, Dakin’s memoir is also a moving reflection on the complexity of family relationships.”
Pauline Dakin will be celebrated at two public events at Wilfrid Laurier University on November 8th and November 9th.
Please visit the following link for more information: https://www.wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2018/sept/edna-staebler-creative-non-fiction-winner.html
Double the congratulations today as we celebrate two authors shortlisted for this year’s Ottawa Book Awards under English Fiction – Nina Berkhout’s THE MOSAIC (Groundwood Books) and Joanne Proulx’s WE ALL LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (Penguin Random House Canada)! These annual awards recognize outstanding English and French books published in the past year by local authors. The winners of each category will be announced on October 17 at a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall. For more information about the awards and the full list of finalists, please visit https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-announces-2018-ottawa-book-awards-and-prix-du-livre-dottawa-finalists
Congratulations to Kathleen Winter, whose bestselling debut novel ANNABEL (House of Anansi Press) has been selected as the 2018 One Book Nova Scotia title.
ANNABEL was originally published in 2010, quickly rose to #1 national bestselling status and received several award nominations. Since publication, ANNABEL has sold in 15 countries.
About One Book Nova Scotia: “a province-wide community reading event for adults. Nova Scotians are invited to read/listen to, discuss and get excited about the same book.”
Follow the link for more information: 1bns.ca/annabel
It is with great joy we announce that Joshua Whitehead‘s JONNY APPLESEED (Arsenal Pulp Press) has been long-listed for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize! Each year the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize strives to acknowledge the best in Canadian fiction. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the prize.
From the esteemed five-member panel: “This list reflects the landscape of the current Canadian imagination: diverse, bold, edgy, exciting, reflective, aware, angry and joyous…These are stories about and beyond Canada, a list so exciting, exhibiting such pure excellence, it stands up to any list in the world, and it is great, great fun to read.”
Joshua Whitehead is a Two-Spirit/ Oji-Cree/nehiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1) in Manitowapow. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Calgary where he focuses on Indigenous Literatures and Cultures in the English Department.
JONNY APPLESEED IS Joshua’s debut novel. Joshua is the author of full-metal indigiqueer (Talonbooks) and is currently working on a third book tentatively titled, Making Love to the Land – a hybrid form of nehiyaw storytelling that includes poetry, fiction, and personal essay on ways of reading the land from a queer Indigenous perspective. Pieces from the manuscript have been published with Arc Poetry Magazine, in Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, and forthcoming work in Prairie Fire’s NDN Country and The Fiddle.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist will be announced on October 1st. For the full long-list and for more information on the prize, please visit Scotiabankgillerprize.ca/2018-longlist.
Endless congratulations to Joshua, and to all the long-listed authors.
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.
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.
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