Philip Kevin Paul

For Immediate Release

October 14, 2009

Nightwood Editions Poet Philip Kevin Paul is Nominated for a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Little Hunger

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that Philip Kevin Paul’s second book of poetry, Little Hunger, has been shortlisted for a 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award. His first book of poetry, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, won the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.

The 2009 Governor General’s Literary Awards finalists include authors, illustrators and translators from ages 27 to 78. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. In total, 70 books are shortlisted. Winners for each category receive $25,000.

In LLittle Hunger, his second book for the WSÁ,NEC (Saanich) Nation of Vancouver Island, Paul continues to draw upon the rich oral culture and traditions of his people.

From the eye of a whale rising from the deep, to an albino pigeon being nursed back to health, Paul's work addresses nature, family and traditions that get passed on from generation to generation. A raccoon’s eyes become "holy doors of lost keys" and sockeye swim upstream. With elegance and wisdom, Paul speaks of "the stories gone sad, / singing to the hunger that made them, / running past the voices no longer speaking."

The other nominees for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry are David W. McFadden for Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press), Sina Queyras for Expressway (Coach House Books), Carmine Starnino for This Way Out (Gaspereau Press) and David Zieroth for The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing). The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 17 at La Grande Bibliothèque de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec in Montreal.


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For more information on the book or to schedule an interview
with Philip Kevin Paul, please contact Rachel Page or Marisa Alps at 604-883-2730, fax: 604-883-9451