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!
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.
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.
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.