Vancouver author Raoul Fernandes’ debut poetry collection, Transmitter and Receiver, has won the 2016 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize! The prize is awarded to the BC author of the best work of poetry, published in the preceding year.
Transmitter and Receiver was also shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, which recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer.
The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers and are awarded annually in seven categories. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate. This year the winners were announced at the Government House in Victoria, BC, on April 30.
Saturday, April 30th is Authors for Indies Day, a national event where authors show their love for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers. Across the country, authors will be chatting to customers, recommending books and thanking book buyers for the support that they provide to their communities by shopping at indie bookstores. More information and a full list of participating authors can be found at www.authorsforindies.com.
This year, participating Nightwood Editions authors include:
Sheryda Warrener – UBC Bookstore (Vancouver, BC)
Bren Simmers – Book Warehouse Broadway (Vancouver, BC)
Laisha Rosnau – Expressions of Time (Vernon, BC)
Jay MillAr – Book City Bloor West (Toronto, ON)
Bradley Somer – (Calgary, AB)
Congratulations to Raoul Fernandes, his debut poetry collection, Transmitter and Receiver (Nightwood Editions, 2015), has been shortlisted for the 2016 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize AND for the Gerard Lampert Memorial Award!
The Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, for outstanding poetry, carries a cash prize of $2000, plus a certificate. The winner will be announced the 2016 BC Book Prizes awards gala in Victoria on April 30, 2016.
The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, is a national prize administered by the League of Canadian Poets that recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer in the preceding year. The award carries a cash prize of $1,000 and will be presented at a special luncheon during the Canadian Writers’ Summit in Toronto, ON, on Saturday, June 18, 2016.
Good luck, Raoul!
The shortlists for the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been announced, and Carol Daniel’s debut novel, Bearskin Diary is a finalist for three awards: The Fiction Award, the Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples’ Writing Award, and the O’Reilly Insurance and The Co-operators First Book Award.
Bearskin Diary follows the story of Sandy, a young First Nations journalist who faces bullying and abuse on a daily basis. Sandy was one of over twenty thousand Aboriginal children to be taken away from their families at birth—part of the Sixties Scoop. She was adopted by a Ukrainian family, and as the only Aboriginal person in her town, Sandy tried to “scrub the brown off her skin.” But when she becomes a journalist, she begins to learn more about her heritage, and ultimately becomes stronger through it, learning to embrace the culture that the Sixties Scoop had tried to deny. Bearskin Diary is a story of hope and resilience, and it gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced.
Carol Daniels is a journalist who became Canada’s first Aboriginal woman to anchor a national newscast when she joined CBC Newsworld in 1989. Her work has since earned several awards, including the 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Her poetry and short fiction have been included in several anthologies. Bearskin Diary is her first novel. Find out more at www.caroldaniels.ca.
The Saskatchewan Book Awards are presented once a year to the most outstanding writers and publishers in the province. The winners of the 2016 awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in Regina on Saturday, April 30, 2016. More information is available at www.bookawards.sk.ca.