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

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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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