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Via the Writers’ Trust of Canada
The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the sixteenth annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2012. The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $500.
The jury this year was comprised of authors Bill Gaston, Alexander MacLeod, and Carol Malyon, who determined the short list from 29 collections submitted, some by seasoned writers, others by authors being published for the first time. Those finalists are:
Rebecca Lee, Bobcat and other stories, Hamish Hamilton Canada
Paul Marlowe, Ether Frolics, Sybertooth Inc.
Anton Piatigorsky, The Iron Bridge, Goose Lane Editions
Yasuko Thanh, Floating Like the Dead, McClelland & Stewart
John Vigna, Bull Head, Arsenal Pulp Press
The winners will be announced on June 11, 2013. [more...]
Via the National Reading Campaign
Reading in Canadian Society Report Confirms Benefits of Reading for Pleasure
Choice, control, and social interaction key factors in instilling love of reading
A review of the literature on reading commissioned by the National Reading Campaign (NRC) becomes available today. The findings of the report, “Towards Sustaining and Encouraging Reading in Canadian Society,” confirm the many benefits – cognitive and cultural, personal and societal – of reading for pleasure, and the value of implementing a national reading campaign for Canada.
The report took into consideration hundreds of commentaries and studies from the close to 300,000 indexed on the subject of reading approach since 1966. It was commissioned specifically to look at reading for pleasure, reading and civic engagements, the benefits offered by reading, strategies that could be used to encourage reading, trends in the literature, and areas in need of further research.
“The research shows that choice, control, and the implementation of reading as a social activity are key to building a nation of those who love to read versus a nation of those who can read,” said the report’s author, Sharon Murphy, Associate Professor of Education at York University. “It also confirms the many long-term societal benefits associated with being a nation of avid readers, including increased civic engagement, empathy for others, and improved cognitive and academic development.” [more...]
What: A Twitter-based discussion about OAC literature programs.
When: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST
How: Starting at 2 p.m. Michael will be answering a series of questions around OAC’s literature programs. His responses will include the #onlit hashtag.
Where: An easy way to follow the discussion is to visit www.tweetchat.com and enter #onlit in the hashtag field to see related posts.
On Twitter – Follow @oaclitoff and @oac_cao or do a search for #onlit on the day of the event.
Who: This tweetchat is open to everyone! It will be of particular interest to writers, publishers, artists, arts workers and administrators in the literary field.
Via the Canadian Children’s Book Centre
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is excited to announce the winners of the Book Week 2013 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Close to 1,500 entries were received from young writers in every province and territory across the country.
The national contest is a much-anticipated part of TD Canadian Children’s Book Week — the largest celebration of Canadian books for young people in Canada, which is happening now (Saturday, May 4 to Saturday, May 11, 2013).
The winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.
The winning stories and honourable mentions can be read online at www.bookweek.ca.
The WINNERS of the Book Week 2013 Writing Contest are: [more...]
Via the Editors’ Association of Canada
The Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC) has announced that Catharine Chen is the 2012 recipient of the Claudette Upton Scholarship. The $1,000 cash award, which helps support continuing professional development in editing, will be presented during EAC’s annual conference, scheduled for June 7 to 9 in Halifax.
One might be tempted to assign Chen’s attraction to correctness in writing to the struggle of growing up with a non-traditionally spelled name: “That’s Catharine with two A’s!”—but in fact, like many excellent literary editors, Chen began her career as a creative writer. It was during her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia that Chen discovered editing was as fulfilling for her as writing, and maybe even more so. The program’s workshop model encouraged not only non-stop writing, but also the critiquing of her classmates’ writing. She enjoyed analyzing a piece, determining what it might need, dreaming up suggestions and discussing those discoveries with the author. [more...]