The Award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing, is composed of a partnership between the BMO Financial Group, ArtsNL, and the project’s founder, writer Richard Gwyn.
We are thrilled for Mark Sakamoto and his book Forgiveness, winner of the 2018 Canada Reads debates. The book which originally published in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, is in its eighth week on the bestseller list since being nominated. Sakamoto’s recent win has led to renewed interest including coverage in the National Post and Maclean’s.
Congratulations Mark – we are so proud to have you here at Westwood Creative Artists!
Author and photographer Nancy Rose was featured on The Weather Network! Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at how she captures pictures of the cute little critters in her Squirrels book series. Her newest book The Secret Life of Squirrels: Back to School! will be available this summer.
Elaine “Lainey” Lui of CTV’s “The Social” and founder and editor of LaineyGossip.com, personally revealed the cover of Raziel Reid’s YA novel Kens on her namesake blog. Lui, who represented Reid’s first book When Everything Feels Like the Movies on CBC’s Canada Reads 2015, took the opportunity to share her appreciation of his latest work, “This is a story of identity and acceptance and, like all of Raziel’s work, it’s funny and provocative and deeply disturbing… because don’t we all wear masks? Don’t we all borrow faces?”
Kens will be available September 2018.
Congratulations to acclaimed YA author Susan Juby on making the Young Adult Library Services Association’s list of 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults with her newest title, The Fashion Committee. Since publishing in 2017 the novel has earned positive reviews from Quill & Quire and the Toronto Star, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Horn Book Magazine, and School Library Journal. The Globe and Mail said, “Like all Juby novels, this one is sparkling verbose and self-deprecating … This one is tailored to perfection for readers who love to laugh and look good doing it.”
The Funeral, Matt James’ debut children’s book as illustrator and author, has racked up five starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness.
“James’s creation isn’t designed to start a discussion about death. It’s more a story about Norma that happens to involve a funeral, and it traces with a big heart the way she makes sense of this puzzling event.” –Publishers Weekly
“James’s inviting multi-media artwork in The Funeral includes acrylic and ink on masonite and dimensional elements of cut paper, masking tape, rolled-up twine, cardboard and scroll-sawn masonite. The overall effect gives the illustrations depth and carries the story beyond the text. Simply lovely.” –Shelf Awareness
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, from award-winning author Kim Fu, has garnered positive reviews since publishing in February of this year. See below for quotes from Quill & Quire, The Stranger and, The New York Times.
“Despite its outward appearance as a straightforward survival tale, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is a thoroughly entertaining, complex novel full of intricate insights into human nature.” –Quill & Quire
“These portraits of sisterhood, motherhood, daughterhood, wifehood, girlfriendhood, independent womanhood, and other female-identified-hoods sing and groan and scream with complexity and nuance, and they make me want to read her next ten books.” –The Stranger
This year’s longlisted titles speak to the theme: One Book to Open Your Eyes. These books challenge readers to look differently at themselves, their neighbours and the world around them.
The 17th annual prize will be awarded Mon Feb 26th at a gala luncheon. The Prize consists of $30,000 for the winner and $5000 for each of the finalists.