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Chariandy and Maskalyk win Writers’ Trust Awards!

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We couldn’jamest be more thrilled to congratulate James Maskalyk and David Chariandy on winning the Nonfiction and Fiction Writers’ Trust Awards last night!

James was awarded the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for his book, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, and David received the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Brother.

The jury praised Maskalyk’s work for revealing the “compelling universal truths about the power, and limits, of mediciDavidChariandy-Brotherne, the strength of human will, and the fragile, infinitesimal gap between dying and living.”

Brother, also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, was noted by the jury for its “stunning lyrical writing, pitch perfect pacing, and unexpected humour.”

Not to mention Kyo Maclear was one of five finalists for the Hilary  Weston Nonfiction prize for her beautiful memoir, Birds, Art, Life!  The jury called it “a poetic and philosophical ode to life and art, with birds as the motivating force.”

Congrats again to our wonderful authors for being recognized by one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards!

Charlotte Gray Wins Ottawa Book Award

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Gray - Promise of CanadaWe’re thrilled for Charolotte Gray, whose book The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country won the 2017 Ottawa Book Award for English non-fiction.

Of the non-fiction winner, Charlotte Gray, the jury wrote: “Charlotte Gray’s approach to a definition of Canada is both surprising and surprisingly familiar. By choosing nine Canadians to profile, some, like Tommy Douglas, obvious choices, others, like Harold Innis, more obvious in hindsight – she arrives at a sweeping, multi-faceted mosaic that seems exactly right. Brilliantly illustrated, beautifully written, this is more than a celebration of Canada’s 150th: it’s a book to be read and savoured for a long time to come.”

Dryden, Maskalyk, Saunders Longlisted for 2018 BC Book Award

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We are proud to announce that three WCA authors have been longlisted for the 2018 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest book prizes.

From the 150 books by 45 publishers that were nominated for the $40,000 prize, the prize jury selected a longlist of 10 books. To read more about the prize and the 2018 finalists, click here.

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Indian Horse Wins People’s Choice at VIFF and CIFF

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We are pleased to announce that the feature-film adaptation of the late Richard Wagamese’s popular novel, Indian Horse, has won two key audience awards. The film was awarded the Vancouver International Film Festival Super Channel People’s Choice Award and the Calgary International Film Festival‘s award for Audience Favourite, Narrative Feature. To read more click here and here.

2017 GG Shortlist: Joel Thomas Hynes and Matt James

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book-cover-we-ll-all-be-burnt-in-our-beds-some-night-by-joel-thomas-hynesJames - moon comesCongratulations to 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards shortlisters Joel Thomas Hynes and Matt James. We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night from multidisciplinary award-winning artist Hynes has been nominated in the Fiction category. When the Moon Comes, illustrated by painter, musician and past Governor General’s Award winner Matt James, is nominated in the Illustrated Books category.

The winners will be announced November 1, 2017.

Globe and Mail Review: A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage

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Gaston - MarinerBill Gaston’s most recent collection of short stories, A Mariner’s Guide to Self Sabotage, received a thoughtful review in The Globe and Mail. His writing is praised as, “so clean and self-effacing that it is remarkably easy to overlook the careful technique behind it.” The article goes on to say, the collection “is further proof – as though any further proof were necessary – of Bill Gaston’s surpassing mastery of the short-story form.” Read the article here.

David Chariandy Shortlisted for Rogers Fiction Prize

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Chariandy - BrotherCongratulations to David Chariandy, whose long awaited second novel Brother is shortlisted for the 2017 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

The Writers’ Trust Awards is made possible through generous support from corporate, foundation, and individual sponsors. Partners CBC Books, The Globe and Mail, and Indigo provide additional support. The project is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The winner will be announced on November 14.

Trevor Herriot Wins the Kloppenburg Award

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Herriot - Atonementgrass sky song - herriotWestwood Creative Artists is pleased to congratulate Trevor Herriot, winner of the 2017 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence for his body of work. The award-winning author and naturalist has published five books, including Globe and Mail bestseller Grass, Sky Song, Governor General’s Award shortlisted Jacob’s Wound and most recently, Towards a Prairie Atonement.

The jury said, “Trevor Herriot takes as his subject matter the land we live on and live off, that which our modern society, blinded by colonial arrogance and corporate greed, has so sought to dominate and push into the background, to our loss, personal and collective. With wisdom and grace, with a head for facts but a poet’s heart, with an attention to scientific detail yet a willingness to soar into the transcendental, with a voice that is personal but has a universal resonance, Herriot tells us that natural history — those birds, that river — is our history, that we cannot escape it, nor should we want to. He seeks to bring us back to a sound relationship with the land, and succeeds in ways that are moving and memorable. In awarding the 2017 Kloppenburg Award to Trevor Herriot, we heartily agree with the judgement of one critic: that he is the pre-eminent prairie naturalist of his generation.”

The Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence recognizes Saskatchewan writers who have written a substantial body of literary work and had a significant impact on writing in Saskatchewan. The prize consists of an award of $10,000 donated by Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg and a framed print of a work of art by Saskatchewan artist Dorothy Knowles.