Nelson author Donna Macdonald has won the 2016 Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers for her memoir, Surviving City Hall (Nightwood Editions). She shares the award with Kootenay Bay novelist Alanda Greene. The award is sponsored by the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and honours emerging writers who show dedication to their writing practice and engagement with their communities.
Surviving City Hall was released this spring, and Donna has two more writing projects on the drawing board. The jury recognized her “unwavering commitment to the arts, as she truly does embody the spirit of the Carver Award.”
Macdonald remembers Richard Carver, who served on the Arts Council, the Nelson Library board, and who was a regular at Nelson City Council meetings. “Richard was such a force of creative energy—I could feel it while talking to him,” she says. “He was a unique and lovely man, and receiving this award in his name means a lot to me.”
Macdonald and Greene will receive their awards and read from their work at Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s 100-Mile Gala on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30pm at the Hume Room in Nelson’s Hume Hotel. The evening also features winners of the Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine fiction competition, CBC personality and author Grant Lawrence, and children’s author and jazz chanteuse Jill Barber. Tickets are available at www.emlfestival.com.