children of air india inspires music production

Poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s award-winning book of poetry, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections (2013), has inspired Irish composer Jurgen Simpson to create an epic production of music, voice, poetry and visual projections. This work, supplemented by the composer’s extensive research into Air India Flight 182, will be performed by the Turning Point Ensemble from November 6 to 11 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

“I’m grateful that my poetry found a way to speak to people—and much thanks is due, not only to my family, but to my editor at Nightwood Editions, Silas White, for support and encouragement. This tragedy calls us to witness and that call is one I ultimately answered and that people from across Canada, Ireland and India have responded to, in often profound ways, including music, theatre, and photography: air india [redacted] is an immersive experience that envelopes the listener and I’m looking forward to sharing that with others.”

—Renée Sarojini Saklikar

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Bren Simmers shortlisted for 2015 City of Vancouver Award!

Congratulations to Bren Simmers! Her collection Hastings-Sunrise (Nightwood Editions, 2015), has been shortlisted for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award! Since 1989, the annual City of Vancouver Book Award has been recognizing authors of excellence of any genre who contribute to the appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character, or the achievements of its residents. The winner of the 27th Annual Book Award will be announced at the Mayor’s Arts Awards gala on November 12, 2015 and receive a $3000 prize.

Other books shortlisted for the 2015 City of Vancouver Book Award include Aaron Chapman’s Live at the Commodore (Arsenal Pulp Press), Wayde Compton’s The Outer Harbour (Arsenal Pulp Press), and Lois Simmie and Cynthia Nugent’s Mister Got To Go, Where are you? (Red Deer Press).

Good luck Bren!

 


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Kayla Czaga receives Governor General’s Award Nomination!

Kayla Czaga’s debut poetry collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, 2014), has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in the Poetry category! Since 1937, the Governor General’s Award has honoured the best in Canadian literature, with seven different categories for both English and French-language authors. All finalists receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be revealed on October 28th, will each receive $25,000.

For Your Safety Please Hold On, which was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize earlier this year.

Other English-language finalists for the Governor General’s Award in Poetry include Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada), M. Travis Lane’s Crossover (Cormorant Books), Patrick Lane’s Washita (Harbour Publishing), and Robyn Sarah’s My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis).

Good luck Kayla!


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Nightwood Editions authors selected for Poetry in Transit 2015!

 

Congratulations to Kayla CzagaRaoul Fernandes, Bren Simmers and Rita Wong for being selected for the 2015 Poetry in Transit campaign!

Ten poems were selected by the committee this year with four spots going to the Nightwood Editions poets. The poems will be displayed on buses and the Skytrain all over Greater Vancouver. The selected authors will be recognized at this year’s WORD Vancouver festival by Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose with six of the ten poets also performing a reading.


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Kayla Czaga named finalist for 2015 Debut-litzer Prize!

Debut author Kayla Czaga has garnered international recognition with her latest nomination! For Your Safety Please Hold On has been named a finalist for the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize. The submissions were carefully considered by eighteen volunteer readers whose decisions were made independent of Late Night Library’s staff and Board of Directors.

Winners will be announced in August and will be featured on the organization’s podcast Late Night Conversation, and become literary judges on Late Night Debut.

Good Luck Kayla!


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Congratulations to Alex Leslie!

Alex Leslie, Nightwood Editions author of The things I heard about you, has been named the winner of the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize! The prize is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.

The award carries a $4000 prize and a trip to Toronto to headline in the emerging writers reading event.The jury cited that Alex has “a tremendous gift for compassion that’s equal to a talent for technique.”

Alex Leslie has also previously been shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry. Congratulations Alex!


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Kayla Czaga Wins National Poetry Prize and Receives New Nomination!

This is shaping up to be an incredible year for Kayla Czaga! Having already been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, her debut collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On, has now been awarded the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year and carries a $1,000 prize sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.

The judges commented that For Your Safety Please Hold On “unfurls experience, observation and development with complexity and more than a little humour suspending a reader between this page’s moment of assurance and the next moment’s unsettling observation. This work is a thrill.”

In addition, Kayla has also been nominated for the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award! The Emerging Writer finalist receives $500 and shortlisted authors receive a complimentary one-year membership with Canadian Authors. The winners of the award will be announced at the Literary Awards Dinner & Gala on Saturday, June 13. Good Luck Kayla!



Congratulations Kayla Czaga

Nightwood’s Fall 2014 author Kayla Czaga has just been nominated for the prestigious Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her first collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On. Her book is the only debut title to make the award shortlist.

We’re hopeful she may take home the prize, since several of the poems in her shortlisted collection have already received some award attention, including The Fiddlehead‘s 23rd annual Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, The Malahat Review‘s 2012 Far Horizon’s Award for Poetry and an Editor’s Choice Award in ARC Poetry Magazine‘s 2012 Poem of the Year Contest.

The award carries a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate, and the winner will be announced at an awards gala in Vancouver on April 25, 2015. Good luck Kayla!


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STEP INTO SPRING 2015!


Nightwood Editions is proud to announce the publication of four new titles this Spring with authors all from southern British Columbia.

In her lyrical, intimate memoir The Death of Small Creatures, Trisha Cull lays bare her struggle with bulimia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Interspersing snatches of conversations, letters, blog entries and clinical notes with poetic narrative, Cull evokes an accessible experience of mental illness.

“With a butterfly’s delicacy and a butterfly’s embattled strength, Trisha Cull takes us through and out of a world of mental illness. Clear-eyed and unsparing, yet suffused with beauty, The Death of Small Creatures is a brave and unflinching book. If you’ve ever struggled with mental illness and addictions, ever loved someone who struggled, ever known someone who struggled, you need to read this book.”

–Susan Olding, author of Pathologies: A Life in Essays

 

Debut talent Raoul Fernandes’ first offering is Transmitter and Receiver, a masterful and carefully depicted exploration of one’s relationships with oneself, with friends, memories, strangers and technology.

The three parts of this collection are variations building on a theme—at times lonely, sometimes adoring, but always honest, each section adds nuance to the spectrum of relationships, connections and disconnections. Rather than drawing lines between isolation and connection, past and present, metaphor and reality, Transmitter and Receiver offers loneliness and longing hand-in-hand with affection and understanding: “The last assembly instruction is always you reading this. A machine / that rarely functions, but could never without you.”

“What I receive from these transmissions is a convincing sweetness, a weird wisdom. This book reminds me of David Berman’s Actual Air, but it’s warmer. Raoul Fernandes writes like a night school teacher teaching us ‘something about night itself.’ It’s an engaging class, an occasionally mind-altering class, and I finished it feeling more hopeful and human.”
— Nick Thran

Hastings-Sunrise is a love letter to a fleeting place and time. Bren Simmers’s second collection captures her old East Vancouver neighbourhood in the midst of upheaval. As it is colonized by tides of matching plaid and diners serving pulled-pork pancakes, condo developments replace the small businesses and cheap rentals that once gave the area its charm.

Like a tree clothed in multi-coloured yarn or a miniature house filled with free books, Hastings-Sunrise is a gift to readers, beautiful in its simplicity.

A beautifully nuanced look at the challenge of allowing ourselves to claim and be claimed by a place. In this year-long cycle of poems, Simmers brings the sharp focus of a naturalist’s eye to the urban everyday of the Vancouver neighbourhood for which the book is named. Text becomes mapping, observations become ecology, dates become narrative. The poems are both fierce and faltering; they experiment with form without ever losing the voice and vulnerability that make them compelling.

–Anna Swanson

Previously published Nightwood poet Rita Wong approaches water through personal, cultural and political lenses. She humbles herself to water both physically and spiritually: “i will apprentice myself to creeks & tributaries, groundwater & glaciers / listen for the salty pulse within, the blood that recognizes marine ancestry.”

undercurrent emerges from the Downstream project, a multifaceted, creative collaboration that highlights the importance of art in understanding and addressing the cultural and political issues related to water. The project encourages public imagination to respect and value water, ecology and sustainability. Learn more about Downstream at downstream.ecuad.ca.

 

 

 

 

 



Doretta Lau and Matt Rader top picks!

Congratulations to two of our authors Doretta Lau and Matt Rader who were chosen on top reads and gift lists this month!

Doretta Lau’s debut collection of ‘optimistic and inventive’ short stories were included on The Atlantic’s ‘Best Book I read this year’ list. Read the full review here http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/12/the-best-book-i-read-this-year/383581/

Matt Rader’s first short story collection which braids tales of Vancouver Island’s turbulent labour history was hand-picked for the Quill & Quire Xmas gift list. Read the full article here http://www.quillandquire.com/bookselling-2/2014/12/15/last-minute-gift-ideas-indie-booksellers-hand-pick-more-fiction-short-stories/


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