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Trillium Book Award finalists announced

The Trillium Book Award shortlists have been released for English- and French-language books, English-language poetry and French-language children’s literature.

English finalists:

Poetry in English:

  •  Mathew Henderson, The Lease (Coach House)
  • Sandy Pool, Undark: An Oratorio (Nightwood Editions)
  • Matthew Tierney, Probably Inevitable (Coach House)

French finalists:

  • Claude Guilmain, Comment on dit ça, « t’es mort », en anglais? (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Christel Larosière (pseudonym of Daniel Soha), Le manuscri (Éditions du Gref)
  • Marie-Josée Martin, Un jour, ils entendront mes silences (Éditions David)
  • Michèle Matteau, Avant que ne tombe la nuit (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Paul Savoie, Bleu bémol (Éditions David)

Children’s literature in French:

  • Claude Forand, Un moine trop bavard (Éditions David)
  • Michèle Laframboise, Mica, fille de Transyl (Éditions Vents d’Ouest)
  • Daniel Marchildon, Les guerriers de l’eau (Les Éditions du Vermillon)
The winners will be announced at a presentation dinner in Toronto June 18. On June 17, the finalists will read from their nominated works at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library at 7:00 p.m.
Award recipients will each receive $20,000, and their respective publishers will also receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.


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Martel, Munro join campaign for treeless paper

Sustainable paper advocate Canopy has two new high-profile faces to add to its conservation initiative. Yann Martel and Alice Munro have partnered with the Vancouver-based not-for-profit to release special, signed editions of Life of Pi (Knopf Canada) and Dear Life (McClelland & Stewart) on “treeless” paper.

The collectors’ editions will be printed on the company’s straw-based paper, created from a blend of wheat straw, flax straw, and recycled paper. Dubbed Second Harvest Paper, it is made from straw left over after the grain harvest, and its production uses fewer chemicals and less energy and water than traditional paper.

The Martel and Munro reprints are part of a campaign to create an alternative to logging forests for paper. But they aren’t the first novelists to draw attention to the initiative. In October 2011, Margaret Atwood partnered with Canopy to print a special limited edition of In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (M&S), which became the first book in North America to be printed on straw paper.

The success of the collection prompted Winnipeg-based Prairie Pulp & Press to produce a similar paper for consumer use. Manufactured in India and made from 80 per cent straw and 20 per cent Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood fibre, Step Forward Paper became available in Staples stores in August.

Martel and Munro’s books are available exclusively via Canopy’s online store. Life of Pi was released today, while Dear Life (which can be pre-ordered) will be available by mid-April.

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Advance review: Alice Munro’s Dear Life

This review of Alice Munro’s new collection of short stories, Dear Life (McClelland & Stewart), appears in the November issue of Q&Q.

Feature reviewer James Grainger writes:

Critics have been saying for so long that a typical Alice Munro story is as rich and textured as any novel that they seem not to have noticed that her recent stories don’t resemble novels much at all. Beginning (roughly) with Runaway (2004) and continuing through to Too Much Happiness (2009), Munro has gradually shifted away from the complex, oblique narratives and intricately layered portraiture of her mid-career work toward a pared-down, almost expressionist form of storytelling.

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