Nason Shortlisted for 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize

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Riel Nason’s debut novel The Town That Drowned has been declared a finalist for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize. Since its release in the Fall of 2011, The Town That Drowned has been a critical and commercial hit. Riel’s novel has also been nominated for the Atlantic Book Publishers Association’s Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award.

Regional winners will be announced May 24, and the overall winner will be announced at the Hay Festival, Wales in the UK, on Friday, June 8.

Leslie Beck nominated for the 2012 Taste Canada Awards

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WCA is very pleased to announce that Leslie Beck’s Longevity Diet: The Power of Food to Slow Aging and Maintain Optimal Health and Energy has been nominated for the 2012 Taste Canada Awards in the category Culinary Narratives.

A shortlist will be announced on August 1, 2012. For more information about the awards and this year’s nominees, please visit

David Bergen Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

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David Bergen’s The Matter with Morris (HarperCollins Canada) has been shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Bergen’s novel is the only Canadian title in the running for the prize, which awards 100,000 British pounds to the winner, and is billed as “the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English.”

The Matter with Morris, Bergen’s sixth novel, about a middle-aged man whose son is killed in Afghanistan, made the short list for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Bergen won the Giller in 2005 for the novel The Time in Between, which was also longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin award. His new novel, The Age of Hope, will be published by HarperCollins Canada in the fall.

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Charles Taylor Prize unveils long list

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The Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction announced on Monday its first-ever “long list” of titles contending for its top honour in 2012.

The short list will be announced on Jan. 10, 2012 and the winner on March 5, 2012.

Contenders for the $25,000 prize include titles by three WCA authors:

The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan, by Ryan Flavelle

Nation Maker: Sir John A. MacDonald: His Life, Our Times Volume Two: 1867-1891, by Richard Gwyn

Bad Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism, by Joel Yanofsky

WCA would like to congratulate all those nominated.

The Boy in the Moon named a NYT Top Book of the Year!

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WCA is totally thrilled to announce that Ian Brown’s stunning The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand His Extraordinary Son was named one of the New York Times’ Top Ten Books of the Year.

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And for Ian’s NYT review, please visit: