Congratulations to Renée Sarojini Saklikar, who has been nominated for the BC Book Prizes’, Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her poetry collection children of air india. This award acknowledges the achievements of British Columbia authors of poetry.
children of air india is a series of elegiac sequences exploring the nature of individual loss, situated within public trauma. This collection breaks new ground in its approach to the saga that is Canada/Air India, an event and its aftermath that is both over-reported and under-represented in our national psyche. Why does 9/11 resonate more strongly with Canadians than June 23, 1985? The poems in this book search out answers in the “everything/ness and nothing/ness” of an act and its aftermath, revealing a voice that re-defines and re-visions.
The BC Book Prizes is awarded annually in seven categories, with the intent to celebrate the best writing and publishing in the province. The 30th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.
Other poets nominated for the Poetry Prize include Russell Thornton, Catherine Greenwood, Jorden Abel, and Jennica Harper. Full list of 2014 BC Book Prize nominees available here. Congratulations to all!