Via the Ontario Media Development Corporation
Winners of Ontario’s foremost prize for literary excellence, the Trillium Book Award, were announced this evening by Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, at a dinner hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).
• This year’s winner for the Trillium Book Award in English-language is: Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories (McClelland & Stewart)
• The winner for the Trillium Book Award in French-language is: Paul Savoie, Bleu bémol (Éditions David)
• This year’s English-language winner for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry is: Matthew Tierney, Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books)
• The winner for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French-language is: Claude Forand, Un moine trop bavard (Éditions David)
Via the Griffen Poetry Prize
Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, and Other Poems, translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah, written by Ghassan Zaqtan and What’s the Score? by David W. McFadden are the International and Canadian winners of the 2013 annual Griffin Poetry Prize. They each received C$65,000 in prize money.
The Griffin Poetry Prize was founded in 2000 to serve and encourage excellence in poetry. The prize is for first edition books of poetry written in, or translated into, English and submitted from anywhere in the world.
The awards ceremony, attended by some 400 invited guests, was held at Corus Quay – a new venue featuring a five-storey bio-wall and a wall of glass with doors opening onto a lakefront promenade. Scott Griffin, founder of the prize, and trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje and David Young hosted the event where the guests enjoyed speeches and readings by Pura López-Colomé and Kyla Kane, first national champion (English Stream) of Poetry In Voice/Les voix de la poésie. [more...]
Via the Writers’ Union of Canada
The Writers’ Union of Canada is extremely concerned for the authors whose work and rights were placed with McArthur & Company. Kim McArthur’s announcement of the closure of her 15 year-old firm leaves many TWUC members wondering what will happen with their books and any unpaid royalties.
McArthur’s closure follows closely on the heels of the splitting up and sale of component parts of D&M Publishers Inc. McArthur & Company was among the larger remaining independent publishers in Canada.
“It’s alarming that yet another independent, Canadian-owned publisher is being shuttered,” said novelist Dorris Heffron, Chair of The Writers’ Union. “The number of options for writers in Canada continues to shrink, especially if one wants to place one’s book on a Canadian list.” [more...]
Via Ontario Media Development Corporation
Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2013 Annual Trillium Book Award, Ontario’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language.
For detailed information on all the 2013 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.
This year’s six English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium are:
• Tamara Faith Berger, Maidenhead (Coach House Books)
• Steven Heighton, The Dead Are More Visible (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
• Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian (Doubleday Canada)
• Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories (McClelland & Stewart)
• Emily Schultz, The Blondes (Doubleday Canada)
• Linda Spalding, The Purchase (McClelland & Stewart)
This year’s five French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium are: [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...]