Presented annually by the League of Canadian Poets, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award carries a $1,000 prize and is given to a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year. This is Bachinsky’s second nomination for this prestigious award. Her third collection, God of Missed Connections, was shortlisted in 2010.
With her signature eye for irony and sensuality, Bachinsky balances a youthful playfulness with observational maturity in The Hottest Summer in Recorded History. Combining the unexpected with the ordinary and the sacred with the profane, she shares an intimate view of her world, which is full of honesty and dark humour.
Elizabeth Bachinsky is also the author of Curio and I Don’t Feel so Good (both Book Thug) and Home of Sudden Service, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry in 2006. God of Missed Connections was also shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Writing and Publishing. Her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, and China. She is an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster where she is Poetry Editor for Event magazine.
The other books shortlisted for the Pat Lowther are Alongside by Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), Leaving Howe Island by Sadiqa de Meijer (Oolichan Books), Whirr and Click by Micheline Maylor (Frontenac House Poetry), Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway by Alexandra Oliver (Biblioasis), and Status Update by Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang (Oolichan Books).
The winner of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award will be announced in Toronto on June 7, 2014.