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The awards recognize children’s writing in Atlantic Canada and are voted on by students in Grades 4 to 6 in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland. The ceremony wrapped up a week of author readings and literary programming for kids in Eastern Canada.
The winners are:
Hugh Brewster, I Am Canada: Prisoner of Dieppe: World War II, Alistair Morrison, Occupied France, 1942 (Scholastic Canada)
Catherine Rondina; Kevin Sylvester, illus., Don’t Touch that Toad & Other Strange Things Adults Tell You (Kids Can Press)
Richard Petit, Ton journal intime Zone Frousse (Z’Ailées)
Stéphanie C. Dubois, Le petit livre des affaires dégueulasses (Les Malins Éditions)
It’s a busy week for literary events. Here’s a sample of what’s going on across the country:
- Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild presents “Writing North: Writing the Extraordinary,” University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon (Jan. 20–21, free, www.skwriter.com)
- Poet Tanya Davis leads Stanzas in the Stacks: Poetry in the Library after Dark, Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, Halifax (Jan. 20, 8 p.m., free)
- Dragnet literary magazine launches its fourth issue, Academy of the Impossible, Toronto (Jan. 21, 9 p.m., pay what you can)
- Third annual Sparks Literary Festival, Memorial University, St. John’s (Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free)
- William Gibson discusses his new book, Distrust that Particular Flavor, Bolen Books, Victoria (Jan. 23, 7 p.m., free)
- Robbie Burns marathon poetry reading with haggis and shortbread, Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre, Vancouver (Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., free)
- CBC Radio and McNally Robinson host 5 Readers, 5 Writers, 5 Minutes, Winnipeg (Jan. 25, 8 p.m., free)
- Brian Brennan, author of Writing My Way From Ireland to Canada, and Frances Hern, author of Yip Sang and the First Chinese Canadians, read from their work and discuss the Canadian immigrant experience, Central branch, Calgary Public Library (Jan. 26, 12 to 1 p.m., free. Call 403-260-2620 to register)
- Ottawa Independent Writers presents “How to Write a Winning ‘How-To’ Book” with business author Dr. Denis Cauvier, Library & Archives Canada (Jan. 26, 7 p.m., $10, www.oiw.ca)
- Reading and book signing with UPEI writer-in-residence Michael Crummey, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown (Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., free)
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After weeks of waiting and a thousand votes, Salty Ink’s Chad Pelley has announced the winner of the “Judge a Book By Its Cover” contest, out of a shortlist of three Atlantic Canadian books released in 2009. And the winner is (drumroll please): Anna Quon’s Migration Songs (Invisible Publishing), with design by Megan Fildes and artwork by Sydney Smith.
Pelley’s take on the link between the cover design and the novel:
Tying into the design of the book, there are some well-worded bird analogies or metaphors woven throughout the whole novel, which allude to their sense of community or rituals that [protagonist] Joan doesn’t have. How she chooses to see and depict birds, at any given moment in the novel – trapped within a tree or flying free – seems to be a reflection of how she feels in that moment. Joan spends a great deal of time in some sort of fond jealousy of birds.
Migration Songs beat out The Factory Voice by Jeanette Lynes and chick-lit mystery Hit & Mrs. by Leslie Crewe.
As mentioned previously on Quillblog, Nimbus Publishing will be releasing Atlantic Canada’s 100 Greatest Books this month. The editors are currently running a contest to see if you can guess the top five.
Neil Peart weighs in on his own personal top ten:
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
The Custodian of Paradise by Wayne Johnston
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald
The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie Macdonald
The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce
An Avalanche of Ocean by Lesley Choyce
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The Architects Are Here by Michael Winter
The Wreckage by Michael Crummey