Congratulations to Donna Macdonald

Nelson author Donna Macdonald has won the 2016 Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers for her memoir, Surviving City Hall (Nightwood Editions). She shares the award with Kootenay Bay novelist Alanda Greene. The award is sponsored by the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and honours emerging writers who show dedication to their writing practice and engagement with their communities.

Surviving City Hall was released this spring, and Donna has two more writing projects on the drawing board. The jury recognized her “unwavering commitment to the arts, as she truly does embody the spirit of the Carver Award.”

Macdonald remembers Richard Carver, who served on the Arts Council, the Nelson Library board, and who was a regular at Nelson City Council meetings. “Richard was such a force of creative energy—I could feel it while talking to him,” she says. “He was a unique and lovely man, and receiving this award in his name means a lot to me.”

Macdonald and Greene will receive their awards and read from their work at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s 100-Mile Gala on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm at the Hume Room in Nelson’s Hume Hotel. The evening also features winners of the Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine fiction competition, CBC personality and author Grant Lawrence, and children’s author and jazz chanteuse Jill Barber. Tickets are available at www.emlfestival.com.

Congrats, Donna!

 


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Congratulations to Raoul Fernandes!

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.

Congratulations Raoul!

 


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Authors for Indies Day

Authors for Indies

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)

 


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Raoul Fernandes Nominated for Two Poetry Awards!

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!


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Carol Daniels Shortlisted for THREE Saskatchewan Book Awards

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.

 


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What a Poem Can Be and Do with Alex Leslie and Sheryda Warrener

Come spend the day with two highly acclaimed poets – Alex Leslie (author of The Things I Heard About You) and Sheryda Warrener (author of Floating is Everything) – whose work is actively pushing the boundaries of modern poetry. They will read from their latest books and help teachers gain insights into new and evolving poetic forms, many of which are hybrids of printed words, images, spoken texts, digital texts, and more. In the workshops you’ll have opportunities to explore some of these poetic forms in depth and to create your own through writing activities. You’ll come away with a new sense of what a poem can be and do, and with new ideas to to use in the classroom.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016

North Surrey Learning Centre 9260 140th Street (across from DEC)

9:30 AM TO 3:00 PM

Coffee & muffins, intro and authors readings, workshops and a catered lunch.


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Water Acts and Poetry

Dr. Rita Wong will give a presentation on February 4 at 7:00 p.m. in UPEI’s McDougall Hall Auditorium, Room 242. Dr. Wong’s talk, entitled “Humble Autonomy: Renewing Culture through Participatory Water Ethics,” will be the inaugural UPEI Don Mazer Arts and Science Lecture and is presented by the faculties of Science and Arts.  A reception with refreshments will follow. UPEI is honoured, as well, to be hosting Dr. Wong on February 5th at 7:30 p.m. for a public reading of her poetry, in the Dawson Lounge (Room 520) in Main Building. Her poetry book Undercurrent reminds humanity that “we are water bodies” and that we need to honour this reality. This reading is sponsored by the UPEI faculties of Arts and Sciences, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.


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Three new interviews with three Nightwood Editions authors in PRISM magazine

PRISM Magazine has interviewed three Nightwood authors on their latests books.

If you haven’t already, check out the interviews with Kim Fu here,  Sheryda Warrener here, and Bren Simmers here.


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2015 ReLit Long Shortlists Announced

Congratulations to all authors on the newly announced 2015 ReLit shortlist! Good luck to Nightwood authors Doretta Lau (How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?) and Matt Rader (What I Want to Tell Goes Like This.)

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Winners of this year’s ReLit Rings will be announced in January.


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Carol Daniels Launches Bearskin Diary

Carol Daniels will be launching her debut novel, Bearskin Diary, in Regina and Saskatoon. She will be giving two performances and sharing her writing in Regina on Thursday, November 5 at the following times and locations:

  • 6:30pm: Tatanka Boutique (2156 Albert Street, Regina)
  • 8:30pm: Royal Saskatchewan Museum (2445 Albert Street, Regina)

She will also be at in Saskatoon on Friday, November 13:

  • 7:00pm: McNally Robinson Booksellers (3130-8th Street East. Saskatoon)

Raw and honest, Bearskin Diary gives voice to a generation of First Nations women who have always been silenced. Inspired by the author’s own experiences, this novel is relevant to many of the most pressing issues facing Canadians today; it brings to light the damage done by the sixties scoop; it gives a unique and heartfelt perspective on why movements like Idle No More are so important; it highlights the pressing tragedies of missing and murdered aboriginal women; and it draws attention to deep-seeded discrimination that is present in the media, the criminal justice system, and society as a whole. But most of all it is a story of hope and resilience that will resonate with readers from all walks of life. It’s no wonder that after reading this book, Richard Van Camp referred to Carol Daniels as being “One of the most important voices in Canadian literature today.”

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. This is her first novel. Daniels is also a visual artist, a musician and a politician. Find out more at www.caroldaniels.ca.


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