Congratulations to Joanne Bishof, whose title SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN is awarded INSPY’s 2019 historical novel of the year.
“Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a thoroughly breathtaking novel. Bischof’s writing style is achingly beautiful and utterly immersive, [with] a lyrical quality that is quietly profound. Carefully detailed, descriptive, insightful, and moving, this remarkable story is certainly one to be savored.” ~ INSPY Award Judges.
SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN is the first of a two book set published by Thomas Nelson, an imprint of Harper Collins. The follow up title, DAUGHTERS OF NORTHERN SHORES released in March, 2019.
Joanne is also a Christy and Carol Award-winner, known for beautifully layered and emotionally moving stories about the human condition that stir questions of faith and inspire hope.
We are honored to represent Joanne and are looking forward to watching her body of work — and her list of awards and accolades continue to grow.
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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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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.
Congratulations to Billy-Ray Belourt on being named a candidate for the 2019 Indspire Awards! Billy-Ray is being honoured for his work as an award-winning poet and published author.
Indspire is a national Indigenous charity that supports and celebrates Indigenous education and achievement in Canada. The Indspire Awards honours extraordinary individuals from the Indigenous community. There will be a nationally-broadcast ceremony in which the recipients will receive their awards, to take place in Calgary, Alberta on February 22, 2019.
For more information about the award, please visit https://indspire.ca/news_postings/indspire-announces-recipients-of-the-2019-indspire-awards/
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
We’re proud to announce that Alicia Elliott has been named the winner of the 2018 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award by Tanya Talaga! The $10,000 annual prize, awarded by RBC and the Taylor Prize, recognizes a Canadian published author who is working on a first draft of a writing project, especially in literary non-fiction. Alicia will also receive mentorship from Tanya Talaga. Congratulations, Alicia!
Alicia Elliott has been published by The Malahat Review, The Butter, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, CBC, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Today’s Parent and Reader’s Digest. She’s currently Associate Nonfiction Editor at Little Fiction | Big Truths, and a consulting editor with The New Quarterly. Her essay, “A Mind Spread Out on the Ground” won a National Magazine Award. Alicia was the 2017-2018 Geoffrey and Margaret Andrew Fellow at UBC.
For more information, please visit: (http://www.rbctaylorprize.ca/)
Congratulations to Carol Off, who has been shortlisted for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for ALL WE LEAVE BEHIND (Random House Canada)! This prize, which awards $25,000 to the winner, is given out annually to an exceptional literary nonfiction work on a political subject.
The winner will be announced on May 9th at Politics and the Pen in Ottawa.
For more information, please visit the following link: https://writerstrust.com/Awards/Shaughnessy-Cohen-Prize-for-Political-Writing.aspx
At The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, the covers for THE AGONY OF BUN O’KEEFE (Penguin Teen Canada) by Heather Smith, LOST IN SEPTEMBER (Knopf Canada) by Kathleen Winter, and THE ONLY CAFE (Random House Canada) by Linden MacIntyre were recognized as the very best in book design in the prose fiction category! The Alcuin Society Awards is the only national competition for book design in the country, and was judged by Sue Colberg, Shelley Gruendler, and Frank Viva, who had the challenge of choosing the winning titles from 235 submissions, from 10 provinces and 107 publishers. Huge congratulations to Jennifer Griffiths who took home two first prize awards for her work on Heather’s and Kathleen’s novels, and to Terri Nimmo, who won second prize as a designer for Linden’s book!