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Gabrielle Roy Prize shortlist revealed

The Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures has announced the shortlists for the 2011 Gabrielle Roy Prize, honouring the best works of Canadian literary criticism published in English and French.

The finalists were selected by David Creelman, professor at University of New Brunswick Saint John; Carrie Dawson, professor at Dalhousie University; and Cynthia Sugars, professor at University of Ottawa.

This year’s English-language shortlist is:

  • Brian Busby, A Gentleman of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco, Poet, Memorist, Translator, and Pornographer (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Alan Filewod, Committing Theatre: Theatre Radicalism and Political Intervention in Canada (Between the Lines)
  • Sophie McCall, First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (University of British Colombia Press)
  • Herb Wyile, Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press)

The winners will be announced May 26 at the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures annual conference, held in Waterloo, Ontario.

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Esi Edugyan and Patrick deWitt nominated for Walter Scott Prize

Esi Edugyan and Patrick deWitt will go head-to-head once again, this time for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, a U.K. literary award established in 2010.

Last year, the duo dominated the Canadian award circuit. Edugyan won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel Half-Blood Blues (Thomas Allen Publishers) and deWitt’s The Sisters Brothers (House of Anansi Press) took the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Literary Award. Both were shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize, but lost to Julian Barnes.

The Canadian authors are up against Barry Unsworth’s The Quality of Mercy, Sebastian Barry’s On Canaan’s Side, Alan Hollinghurst’s The Stranger’s Child, and Andrew Miller’s Pure.

According to The Guardian, the Walter Scott Prize jury, composed of author and historian Alistair Moffat and television presenter Kristy Wark, is seeking “the ability of a book to shed light on the present as well as the past.”

The winner receives £25,000, and will be announced on June 16, at the Brewin Dolphin Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland.

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Bestsellers list: poetry

From Tupac Shakur to Don McKay, this week’s bestsellers list honours National Poetry Month. For the two weeks ending March 25:

1. The Iliad, Homer; Stephen Mitchell, trans.
(Simon & Schuster Canada, $35 cl, 9781439163375)

2. Rain; road; an open boat, Roo Borson
(McClelland & Stewart, $18.99 pa, 9780771012983)

3. Paradoxides, Don McKay
(M&S, $18.99 pa, 9780771055096)

4. The Poetry of Pablo Neruda, Pablo Neruda; Ilan Stavans, ed.
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux/D&M Publishers, $21.95 pa, 9780374529604)

5. Assiniboia, Tim Lilburn
(M&S, $18.99 pa, 9780771050084)

6. Whiteout, George Murray
(ECW Press, $18.95 pa, 9781770410879)

7. The Iliad, Homer; Robert Fagles, trans.
(Penguin, $18.50 pa, 9780140275360)

8. A Wild Peculiar Joy: The Selected Poems, Irving Layton
(M&S, $24.99 pa, 97807710494840)

9. Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems, Billy Collins
(Random House, $21 pa, 9780375755194)

10. The Rose That Grew from Concrete, Tupac Shakur
(MTV Books/Simon & Schuster, $18.99 pa, 9780671028459)

11. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri; John Ciardi, trans.,
(Penguin, $25 pa, 9780451208637)

12. Book of Longing, Leonard Cohen
(M&S, $21 pa, 9780771022296)

13. The Pleasures of the Damned, 1951–1993, Charles Bukowski
(HarperCollins, $19.99 pa, 9780061228445)

14. Joy is So Exhausting, Susan Holbrook
(Coach House Books, $16.95 pa, 9781552452226)

15. Beowulf, Seamus Heaney, trans.
(W.W. Norton/Penguin, $16.50 pa, 9780393320978)

16. The Odyssey, Homer; Robert Fagles, trans.
(Penguin, $19.50 pa, 9780140268867)

17. 101 Famous Poems, Roy Cook, ed.
(McGraw-Hill Ryerson, $15.95 cl, 9780071419307)

18. Puffin Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, Raymond Briggs
(Penguin, $12 bb, 9780141337739)

19. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri; Allen Mandelbaum, trans.
(Everyman’s Library/Random House, $32 cl, 9780679433132)

20. Metamorphoses, Ovid; Charles Martin, trans.
(W.W. Norton, $21 pa, 9780393326420)

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Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

Tea and snacks inspired by Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Rimma Burashko with author Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak talks to the audience about the best and worst of Catherine the Great's favourites

Eva Stachniak smiles as she signs a copy of Empress of the Night for a fan

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Lesley Strutt, Dean Steadman, Amanda Earl, Alastair Larwill and Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle, Dean Steadman, Lesley Strutt and Alastair Larwill

Amanda Earl

Jewel of the Thames launch

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