Chariandy Wins Toronto Book Award

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chariandy brotherDavid Chariandy’s celebrated novel Brother won the 2018 Toronto Book Awards. Since publication in 2017 the novel, set in Scarborough, has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

What the Jury said:

“In a near flawless piece of writing, David Chariandy brings readers to a story that may very well feel both foreign and familiar. Brother, his second novel, is a lean masterwork driven by spare, painstakingly-crafted prose. No word is wasted in this book, and every word leaves a mark. In this world-building, or perhaps world-revealing novel, Chariandy casts off tropes that readers may expect from a story about family, violence, loss, and survival, and lets the heart of the novel, and its fully-drawn characters, dictate the course of the narrative. This book has already become part of the Toronto literary canon, and should reside there for ages.”

Congrats to the 2018 GG Finalists!

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GGCongratulations to all of the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists! We’re especially thrilled to see books from so many WCA authors make it this far.

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom by Jordan Tannahill in the category of Drama.

Mamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeod in the category of Non-Fiction.

Winnie’s Great War by Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut, illustrated by Sophie Blackall in the category of Young People’s Literature.

Go Show the World by Wab Kinew, illustrated by Joe Morse in the category of Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books.

Hay is 2018 Weston Prize Finalist

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Hay consoledAll Things Consoled, Elizabeth Hay’s startling and beautiful memoir about the drama of her parents’ end, is a finalist for the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Jury Citation:

“Elizabeth Hay’s loving, exacting memoir, All Things Consoled, details the decline of her elderly parents with unflinching tenderness. The path she and her family travel is crooked and long, filled with hospital beds and doctors’ visits, foggy minds, and shuffling confusion. But Hay’s prose elevates this ordinary rite of passage — the death of one’s parents — to something rare and poetic.”

Mourning Priscila Uppal

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WCA mourns the premature passing of gifted novelist, poet, essayist and playwright Priscila Uppal. Always curious, always questioning; she mined every challenge for its creative opportunities. She had so much more still to say and contribute…this is a sad day for all of us here at WCA, and for the wide circle of people whose lives Priscila touched.

Coming Soon: The Nectar of Pain

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najwa nectar of painWe’re VERY excited to share that Najwa Zebian’s second collection of poetry, The Nectar of Pain, will be available October 2, 2018! And we’re not the only one’s who are excited – it’s in Indigo’s Most Anticipated Books section and CBC Book’s list of 15 Canadian Collections of Poetry to Watch out for this Fall.

In her new book, Zebian – a Lebanese-Canadian poet and speaker, and the author of Mind Platter – explores her journey of turning pain into nectar.