2013 CAA Awards Shortlist Announced

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The Canadian Authors Association is pleased to announce the CAA Literary Awards shortlists for 2013. Introduced in 1975, these awards continue the association’s long tradition of honouring Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The nine finalists were selected from over 300 nominations.

The 2013 CAA Literary Awards shortlists are as follows:

CAA Award for Fiction

• Tricia Dower, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, for Stony River, published by Penguin Group Canada

• Vincent Lam, Toronto, Ontario, for The Headmaster’s Wager, published by Doubleday Canada

• Christopher Meades, Burnaby, British Columbia, for The Last Hiccup, published by ECW Press

 Lela Common Award for Canadian History

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2013 CAA Emerging Writer Award Winner Announced

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The Canadian Authors Association is pleased to announce the 2013 winners of the CAA Emerging Writer Award. This year the award will be shared by two promising literary talents:

Claire Battershill has published fiction, poetry, and reviews in several literary publications. She won the CBC Literary Award for Short Fiction for the title story for her forthcoming collection, Circus. When she was sixteen, she won the League of Canadian Poets’ National Poetic License Contest. In 2008, she worked as a research assistant for Margaret Atwood’s Massey Lecture, Payback. She currently teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Jay Bahadar is a Canadian freelance journalist and author of The Pirates of Somalia, published in seven countries and in four languages. When the Somali pirates exploded in international news in late 2008, Bahadur quit his job and flew to Somalia on a quest to meet some present-day buccaneers.

He has published articles in The Times, The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Globe and Mail. He has worked as a freelance correspondent for CBS News, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, Bloomberg, the BBC, NPR, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Winners of CAA Literary Awards Revealed

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The Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2012 Literary Awards competition July 28 during the Leacock Summer Festival in Orillia, Ontario.

Richard Gwyn was awarded the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for Nation Maker (Random House Canada). Gwyn will receive a silver medal and $2000 cash prize. The shortlist for this award included Douglas Gibson (Stories About Storytellers) and Jonathan F. Vance (Maple Leaf Empire).

Patrick deWitt was named the recipient of the CAA Award for Fiction for his novel The Sisters Brothers (House of Anansi), and will also receive a silver medal and $2000 prize. This year’s fiction shortlist included Helen Humphreys (The Reinvention of Love) and Miriam Toews (Irma Voth).

Goran Simić won the CAA Poetry Award for Sunrise in the Eyes of the Snowman (Biblioasis). Simić received a silver medal and $2000 prize. The 2012 poetry shortlist also included E.D. Blodgett (Sleep You a Tree) and Brian Henderson (Sharawadji).

Ryan Flavelle was named the 2012 Emerging Writer for The Patrol: Seven Days in the Life of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan (HarperCollins Canada). Flavelle receives a $500 prize.

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