Renée Sarojini Saklikar wins the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s book children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, which recognizes the best full-length English-language book of poems for adults by a Canadian writer. The CAA Award for Poetry winner receives $2000 and a silver medal. In the long-held tradition of writers honouring writers, the Canadian Authors Association announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards at a gala reception in Orillia, Ontario on Saturday, June 21.

Renée Sarojini Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered on June 23, 1985, in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, Saklikar presents a powerful and deeply personal collection. These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182, which killed all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13.

Saklikar breaks new ground in her approach to the Canada/Air India saga. The collection is animated by a proposition: that personal and shared violence produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent. These poignant poems invite us to help bear witness to an aviation disaster that continues to resonate around the world, decades after the original event.

Introduced in 1975, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal in the categories of fiction, Canadian history and the poetry. Joseph Boyden was awarded the CAA Fiction Award for The Orenda (Penguin Group Canada). Charlotte Gray was named the recipient of the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country (HarperCollins Canada). Grace O’Connell won the Emerging Writer Award for a promising writer under 30; her achievements include the novel Magnified World (Knopf Canada). The CAA Award for Poetry shortlist also included Catherine Graham, for Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers), and Tom Wayman, for Winter Skin (Oolichan Books).

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Doretta Lau longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

Congratulations to Doretta Lau, whose short story collection How Does A Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? has been longlisted for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award!

This prestigious international award is the single biggest prize in the world for a collection of short stories. It is hoped the Award, for a complete collection of previously unpublished stories in a book collection, will play a significant role in establishing parity of esteem for the short story collection alongside the novel. €25,000 is awarded to the winning author of a collection of short stories published for the first time, in English anywhere in the world.

Other Canadian authors on the longlist include Lynn Coady, Cynthia Flood, Jack Thiessen, and Kathy Page.

Complete listing of longlisted authors available here.

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Alex Leslie on The Rusty Toque

Alex LeslieA sneak peak at some of the amazing work of new Nightwood Editions author, Alex Leslie, is now available on The Rusty Toque. Look out for her debut collection of poems, Things I heard about you, coming this Fall!

Shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry, The things I heard about you is an exploration of precision and the unspoken, executing a process whereby vignettes and scenes break apart into fragments, rumours or suggestions of the original story. When stories decompose or self-destruct, the results vary, producing an effect of texture and syntactic transformation. This is a book of tidal memories and elegies, love songs to the coast and all its inhabitants.

Alex has published a chapbook of microfictions 20 Objects for the New World (Nomados, 2011) and a collection of short stories People Who Disappear (Freehand, 2012), which was shortlisted for a 2013 Lambda Award for debut fiction and 2013 ReLit Award for short fiction. Recent work includes editing the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, which brought together different forms of Queer poetics from across Canada, and being part of the fiction editorial team at Lemon Hound. A second collection of stories entitled We All Have To Eat is in progress.

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Matt Rader Winner of The Malahat Review Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction!

Congratulations to Nightwood author Matt Rader, whose short story, “All This Was a Long Time Ago” is the winner of The Malahat Review‘s 2014 Jack Hodgin’s Founder’s Award for Fiction! The story, which appeared in the Fall 2013 edition of The Malahat Review, will also be featured in Rader’s first short story collection, What I Want to Tell Goes Like This, which Nightwood is proud to announce that we’ll be publishing this fall.

The Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award was established in honour of the celebrated Victoria novelist’s contribution to Canadian letters and to the University of Victoria. It awards a prize of $1000 to the author of the best short story or novella to have appeared in The Malahat Review during the previous calendar year and is selected by an outside judge – this time, award-winning author Michael Crummey.

According to The Malahat Review, Crummey had this to say about the story: “My first read of Matt Rader’s ‘All This Was a Long Time Ago’ left me thinking, What the hell is this? It’s oddly paced and oddly balanced. The narrative comes across as much like an essay as a story. The present-day characters barely register on the surface. I had a hard time trying to say what it’s about exactly. Or why it affected me so deeply.

“It’s still a bit of a mystery to me, in fact. The writing is terrific, the portrayal of the young James Joyce and Nora Barnacle is completely convincing. The insights into love and desire, into the ways in which art and life intersect without ever becoming one and the same, are uncontrived and compelling. The tension between the ephemeral details of the individual life and the relative permanence of something like Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ makes the whole thing ring like a bell.

“But what the hell is it, exactly, and why does it work? Can’t say. It feels like real life. It feels like art. It’s a terrific story. My favourite of the fiction published in The Malahat Review last year.”

Matt Rader is the author of three books of poems: A Doctor Pedalled Her Bicycle over the River Arno (House of Anansi, 2011), Living Things (Nightwood Editions, 2008), and Miraculous Hours (Nightwood Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and long-listed for the ReLit Award. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Walrus, Prism International, The Fiddlehead, The Journey Prize Anthology, as well as many other publications across North America. Rader’s poetry has also been nominated for numerous awards, including the Journey Prize, the National Magazine Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He lives in Cumberland, BC.