Mega congrats to author Anna Humphrey and illustrator Kass Reich whose hilarious chapter book MEGABAT (Tundra), the first book in the series, is a Cybils Awards Early Chapter Books finalist!
These annual awards recognize “children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”
Winners will be announced on February 14th. For more information on the award and the full list of finalists, please visit Cybils.com/2018-easy-reader-and-early-chapter-book-finalists.
New year, new celebrations as we congratulate Kit Pearson on a tremendous achievement – being named to the Order of Canada!
Presented by the governor general, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Kit is appointed for her contributions as an author of Canadian literature for children and young adults. Over her career, Kit has won numerous awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence.
For more information on the Order of Canada and a full list of recent appointments, please visit Gg.ca/governor-general-announces-103-new-appointments-order-canada.
We’re proud to announce that Kathleen Winter‘s LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) has been longlisted for the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award!
The International Dublin Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Council’s library service, offers a prize of €100,000 to the author of the winning book. Titles are nominated by invited public libraries around the world on the basis of ‘high literary merit’. 10 books will be shortlisted from this year’s 141 longlisted titles on April 4th, 2019. The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2019.
From the publisher: “From one of Canada’s most exciting writers comes a gripping, compassionate and stunning novel that overturns and rewrites history…award-winning author Kathleen Winter takes a brief, intensely personal incident in the life of a famous historical figure, and using her incomparable gifts as a fiction writer, powerfully reimagines him. Here is a wrenching, unforgettable portrait–like none you have ever seen or read–of one of the most well-known figures in Canadian history.”
KATHLEEN WINTER’s novel Annabel was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Orange Prize, and numerous other awards. It was also a Globe and Mail “Best Book,” a New York Times “Notable” book, a Quill & Quire “Book of the Year” and #1 bestseller in Canada. It has been published and translated worldwide. Her Arctic memoir Boundless (2014) was shortlisted for Canada’s Weston and Taylor non-fiction prizes and has been sold internationally. The Freedom in American Songs (Stories, Biblioasis) also came out in 2014. Born in the UK, Winter lives in Montreal after many years in Newfoundland. The author lives in Montreal, QC.
For more information on the award and for the full longlist, please visit Dublinliteraryaward.ie/nominees.
Best of luck to Kathleen and all the longlisted authors!
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Congratulations, Emma and Claire, for making the list of Forbes 2018 30under30. We are proud to represent you and eager to keep watching your story unfold.
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The Salmon Sisters, Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton, grew up on the remote Aleution Islands of Alaska, working on their family’s commercial fishing boat. Inspired by the sustainable fishing culture around them, the founded a fishery and clothing line to raise awareness of the role of wild sustainable seafood. Additionally for every item sold, the duo donates a can of wild salmon to the Food Bank of Alaska.
Their first book, a collection of stories, recipes, and original artwork will release from Sasquatch Books in early 2020.
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Major congrats to Paul Harbridge whose picture book WHEN THE MOON COMES (Tundra Books), illustrated by Matt James, has won the 2018 Martha Baillie Picture Book Award!
FROM THE JURY: “This nostalgia filled adventure with friends will resonate with those who love the moon, nature and hockey… The friends’ anticipation and excitement for their nighttime excursion is palpable… James’ strong illustrations emphasize the beauty of winter, the wonder of a dark night, the power of the moon and the fun of an escapade with friends.”
The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format and is given to outstanding books of the picture book genre in which the author and illustrator achieve artistic and literary unity.
For more information about this award, please visit: Bookcentre.ca/awards/marilyn-baillie-picture-book-award
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.
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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