The 20-title list also includes Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam (McClelland & Stewart) and Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries (M&S). The five-person jury will narrow down the list to six titles, with the winner announced June 4.
Formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality, and accessibility in writing by women in English from throughout the world.” The winner receives £30,000 ($55,000.)
The Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlists for its three annual children’s book awards.
The finalists for the the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, and the CLA Young Adult Book Award were selected by CLA librarians from across the country. The winners will be announced the week of April 14 and presented at the CLA’s National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria on May 29.
Here are the shortlists:
CLA Book of the Year for Children Award
- Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries, Elizabeth MacLeod (Annick Press)
- Curse of the Dream Witch, Allan Stratton (Scholastic Canada)
- Driftwood, Valerie Sherrard (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
- How to Curse in Hieroglyphics, Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr (Puffin Canada)
- The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt; Jo Rioux, illus. (Inhabit Media)
- Me and Mr. Bell, Philip Roy (Cape Breton University Press)
- The Metro Dogs of Moscow, Rachelle Delaney (Puffin Canada)
- Prince Pugley of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff, Robert Paul Weston; Victor Rivas Villa, illus. (Puffin Canada)
- The Spotted Dog Last Seen, Jessica Scott Kerrin (Groundwood Books)
- The Stowaways, Meghan Marentette; Dean Griffiths, illus. (Pajama Press)
Amelia Frances Howard‐Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
- A Long Way Away, Frank Viva (HarperCollins)
- The Dark, Jon Klassen; text by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins)
- Francis the Little Fox, Katty Maurey; text by Véronique Boisjoly (Kids Can Press)
- Jane, the Fox and Me, Isabelle Arsenault; text by Fanny Britt (Groundwood)
- The Legend of Lightning and Thunder, Jo Rioux; text by Paula Ikuutaq Rumbolt (Inhabit)
- Little You, Julie Flett; text by Richard Van Camp (Orca Book Publishers)
- Loula Is Leaving for Africa, Anne Villeneuve (Kids Can)
- The Man With the Violin, Dušan Petričić; text by Kathy Stinson (Annick)
- Northwest Passage, Matt James; text by Stan Rogers (Groundwood)
- Once Upon a Northern Night, Isabelle Arsenault; text by Jean E. Pendziwol (Groundwood)
CLA Young Adult Book Award
- Audacious, Gabrielle Prendergast (Orca)
- The Color of Silence, Liane Shaw (Second Story Press)
- Graffiti Knight, Karen Bass (Pajama Press)
- The Gypsy King, Maureen Fergus (Razorbill)
- Little Red Lies, Julie Johnston (Tundra Books)
- Nix Minus One, Jill MacLean (Pajama Press)
- Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl, Emily Pohl-Weary (Razorbill)
- The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, Amy McCulloch (Doubleday Canada)
- The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley, Jan Andrews (Great Plains Publications)
- The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, Teresa Toten (Doubleday Canada)
The finalists were announced today for the 26th annual Lambda Literary Awards, which honours LGBT books published in 2013. Out of more than 700 submissions in 24 categories, at least 11 Canadian publishers and authors made the list. The winners will be announced in New York on June 2.
The Canadian finalists include:
- Wanting in Arabic, Trish Salah, TSAR Publications (transgender fiction)
- The Desperates, Greg Kearney, Cormorant Books (gay general fiction)
- Jane and the Whales, Andrea Routley, Caitlin Press (LGBT debut fiction)
- Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter, S. Bear Bergman, Arsenal Pulp Press (transgender non-fiction)
- Meet Grindr: How One App Changed the Way We Connect, Jaime Woo, self-published (LGBT non-fiction)
- Foxed, Garry Ryan, NeWest Press (gay mystery)
- The Wild Beasts of Wuhan: An Ava Lee Novel, Ian Hamilton, Picador/Spiderline (lesbian mystery)
- How Poetry Saved My Life, Amber Dawn, Arsenal Pulp (lesbian memoir/biography)
- What I Love About Being Queer, Vivek Shraya, ed., George Brown College (LGBT anthology)
- What Makes a Baby, Cory Silverberg; Fiona Smyth, illus., Seven Stories Press/Triangle Square (LGBT children’s/YA)
- Tom at the Farm, Michel Marc Bouchard, Talonbooks (LGBT drama)
- Last Salute, Tracey Richardson, Bella Books (lesbian romance)*
- In His Secret Life, Mel Bossa, Bold Strokes Books (bisexual fiction)
*Update Mar. 7: An earlier version of this story has been updated to include Tracey Richardson, who was nominated in the lesbian romance category for Last Salute, and Mel Bossa, who was nominated in the bisexual fiction category.
As international attention focuses on the Ukraine, the winner of the Shevchenko Foundation’s biennial Kobzar Literary Award, which celebrates Canadian literature with a “Ukrainian theme,” was announced last night at a ceremony in Toronto.
Playwright Diane Flacks, in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy, took home the $25,000 prize for Simply Luba (Scirocco Drama). The production was first staged in 2012 at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre.
In a press release, Shevchenko Foundation president Andrij Hladyshevsky says, “Ms. Goy’s views on Ukrainian and Canadian politics, her aspirations as a female Canadian actor, her views on motherhood, aging and meeting Viktor Yushchenko, president of an independent Ukraine, create a memorable and inspiring dramatic narrative.”
Jurors Joe Kertes, Frances Itani, Annabel Lyon, and Olive Senior selected Simply Luba from a shortlist of five titles. The four finalists, who each received $1,000, are: Erín Moure for her poetry collection The Unmemntioable (House of Anansi Press); Michael Mucz for his compendium of Ukranian-Canadian folk history Baba’s Kitchen Medicines (University of Alberta Press); Barbara Sapergia for her historical novel Blood and Salt (Coteau Books); and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch for her middle-grade novel Making Bombs For Hitler (Scholastic Canada).
Click on the thumbnails for photos of the evening.
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist Krista Bridge and prolific non-fiction author and translator Wayne Grady are among the nominees for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, announced this morning.
Selected by Q&Q editor Stuart Woods, the five finalists are:
- Kenneth Bonert, The Lion Seeker (Knopf Canada)
- Krista Bridge, The Eliot Girls (Douglas & McIntyre)
- Susan Downe, Juanita Wildrose: My True Life (Pedlar Press)
- Wayne Grady, Emancipation Day (Doubleday Canada)
- D.W. Wilson, Ballistics (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
The winner, who receives $7,500, will be announced at a gala in Toronto on April 30.
Two authors and a poet have been nominated for this year’s BMO Winterset Award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland writing.
The nominees are: Lisa Moore, for her novel Caught (House of Anansi Press); Paul Bowdring, for his novel The Strangers’ Gallery (Nimbus Publishing); and Carmelita McGrath, for her poetry collection Escape Velocity (Goose Lane Editions).
The winner, who receives $10,000, will be announced March 20.
British Columbia poet Jeremy Stewart has won this year’s Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for his manuscript Hidden City. He receives a contract with Invisible Publishing’s Snare imprint and a $500 advance.
In a statement, award judge Ken Babstock says, “Hidden City could be any of our cities. It could be your town. It’s certainly one of the clattering, desperate voices we all carry around inside. This is a crackling, energetic, desperate suite of poems. Weird and worrying.”
Stewart was nominated for the prize in 2008 for his collection flood basement, which was published in 2009 by Caitlin Press.
Hidden City will be published in October.
On Feb. 21, Thomas King was awarded the 2014 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-fiction for his work of narrative history, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada).
The jury, comprised of Globe and Mail books editor Jared Bland, Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham, and author/publisher Anna Porter, cited The Inconvenient Indian as a “wry, iconoclastic, and important book that challenges us to think differently about both the past and the future.”
The book was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Prize for Non-fiction, awarded to Graeme Smith in October, and is among the contenders for the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize, to be announced next month.
King was presented with the $40,000 prize at a ceremony in Vancouver. The five finalists, who received $2,500 each, were Carolyn Abraham for The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us (Random House Canada); J. B. MacKinnon for The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be (Random House Canada); Margaret MacMillan for The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (Allen Lane Canada); and Graeme Smith for The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Knopf Canada).
Several Canadian-authored titles are up for 2014 Audie Awards, including a posthumous nomination for David Rakoff’s final narrated audiobook, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish.
Organized by the Audio Publishers Association, the U.S. awards recognize the year’s best audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.
The Canadian finalists are:
- Fiction: The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler; Tavia Gilbert, nar. (Tantor Media)
- Narration by the author: Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish by David Rakoff (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
- Non-fiction: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, nar. (Hachette Audio)
- Package design: Clockwork Angels: The Watchmaker’s Edition by Kevin J. Anderson; Neil Peart, nar. (Brilliance Audio)
- Science fiction: MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood; Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond, nars. (Random House Audio/Books on Tape)
The winners will be announced May 29 at a ceremony in New York City.
The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced the 2014 jury and key dates for the 21st annual award.
Canadian author and 2004 Giller finalist Shauna Singh Baldwin (The Tiger Claw) will serve on the panel alongside Man Booker Prize-shortlisted British novelist Justin Cartwright (In Every Face I Meet) and American writer and Fulbright scholar Francine Prose (Blue Angel).
The Giller longlist will be released Sept. 16, with the shortlist announced Oct. 6. The winner will be named Nov. 10 at a black-tie ceremony at Toronto’s Ritz-Carlton.