Ontario Library Association Announces the 2015 Forest of Reading® Winners

>>From the Ontario Library Assocation

TORONTO, ON (May 13, 2015) – The votes are in!  Over 250,000 children have participated in the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) annual Forest of Reading program and have helped to choose the best Canadian authors and illustrators of our time. The awards were presented on May 12 and 13 at the Toronto Festival of Trees, a “rock star concert for authors” hosted at the Harbourfront Centre.


The 2015 Blue Spruce Award™ Winner: The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Mike Lowery

The 2015 Silver Birch Express Award® Winner: Kung Pow Chicken #1: Let’s Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko

The 2015 Silver Birch Fiction Award® Winner: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The 2015 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award® Winner: Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer by Annaleise Carr, Deborah Ellis

The 2015 Red Maple Fiction Award™ Winner: The Rule of Three by Eric Walters

The 2015 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award™ Winner: The Last Train: A Holocaust Story by Rona Arato

The 2015 White Pine Award™ Winner: Rush by Eve Silver

Lauréat du Prix Tamarac 2015: La plus grosse poutine du monde by Andrée Poulin

Lauréat du Prix Tamarac Express 2015: Guiby – Une odeur de soufre by Sampar

Lauréat du Prix Peuplier 2015: Le voleur de couche by Nadia Sévigny, AnneMarie Bourgeois

Every October, the Forest of Reading releases a nominated list of titles for each Forest of Reading award category. Children read the titles through their school library, public library, or on their own, and vote on their favourite titles in April. Through this unique program, children are inspired to read for the love it and are given the power to choose the best authors for their age group.

Congratulations to all our award recipients! To view a full list of the winners and honourable mentions, please visit www.accessola.com/forest.

First Nation Communities Read announces 2015-2016 shortlist of books for young adults and adults

>>From the Periodical Marketers of Canada

Toronto, May 5, 2015 – Five books are in contention to become the First Nation Communities Read community reading selection for 2015-2016. Five jury members from First Nation public libraries in Ontario made the shortlist selections. The title selection announcement for 2015-2016 will take place in Toronto on June 24 as part of National Aboriginal Day Celebrations. The selected title’s creator will be the recipient of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.

Shortlist Titles

  • Up Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin and Alexandra Shimo. Penguin Random House.
  • Dreaming in Indian edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Leatherdale. Annick Press.
  • Rose’s Run by Dawn Dumont. Thistledown Press.
  • Peace Pipe Dreams by Darrell Dennis. Douglas & McIntyre.
  • All the Way: My Life on Ice by Jordin Tootoo. Penguin Random House.

First Nation Communities Read initially considered more than 19 submissions before settling on a long list of 17 titles from nine publishers.

Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award

The Periodical Marketers of Canada’s Aboriginal Literature Award is an award inspired by the goals of the First Nation Communities Read program. It will provide the creators of the First Nation Communities Read 2015-2016 title selection with a $5,000 prize. This is the second year the Periodical Marketers of Canada will present the Aboriginal Literature Award.

First Nation Communities Read is the Ontario First Nation Public Library Community’s contribution to the popular reading movement. Launched in 2003 by the First Nations Public Library Community in Ontario with support from Southern Ontario Library Service, it promotes a community-based approach to reading, FNCR:

  • encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing;
  • increases awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing;
  • promotes the publication, sharing, and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit voices and experiences;
  • increases awareness and sales of the titles it honours.

The focus of the First Nation Communities Read program alternates annually between books for children and books for adults and young adults. The 2015-2016 First Nation Communities Read submissions call was for Young Adult/Adult books. The 2014-2015 selection was Wild Berries and Pakwa Che Menisu written and illustrated by Julie Flett and published by Simply Read Books (Vancouver).

Writers’ Trust of Canada announces shortlist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

>>From the Writers’ Trust of Canada

Toronto – May 5, 2015 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced the finalists for a literary award known for discovering and promoting the brightest up-and-coming young writers in Canada.

The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers rewards writers who are under age 35 and unpublished in book form. Alternating each year between poetry and short fiction, the award is given this year to the author of an exceptional collection of poetry. The $5,000 award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in developing artists to help build their professional careers. The winner will be announced on May 26 at an event hosted by novelist and poet Tanis Rideout at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

A jury composed of poets Fiona Tinwei Lam, Rachel Rose, and Nilofar Shidmehr read 136 blind submissions to select three finalists:

  •  Irfan Ali for “Who I Think About When I Think About You”
    • Ali is a free-verse poet and short story writer based in Toronto. His work has appeared in the anthologies Underground Inspirations and West of What We Know. Outside of his craft, Irfan keeps himself busy as a teacher, program manager, and DJ.
  •  Alessandra Naccarato for “Re-Origin of Species”
    • A writer, performer, and teacher based in Vancouver, Naccarato is currently completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. She has toured nationally and internationally as a spoken word artist and worked with youth across the country.
  •  Chuqiao Yang for “Roads Home”
    • Yang is currently completing a doctorate in law at the University of Windsor. Her writing has appeared in Prism International, Contemporary Verse 2, Filling Station, Room, Grain, and on several CBC radio broadcasts. She is the recipient of two Western Magazine Awards.

Starting today, along with featured works of past years’ finalists, the nominated poetry by each finalist is available for free download exclusively on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.

The finalists will each receive $1,000 and the opportunity to be mentored by an established poet, including feedback on their writing and guidance on their career development.

“This award has a superb track record,” said Mary Osborne, Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. “For more than 20 years, it has singled out emerging writers who have regularly gone on to receive critical acclaim for their published books. We look forward to the future successes of these impressive new nominees.”

“The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers provides invaluable opportunities and opens many doors for young writers to network and establish relationships with mentors who can help launch their professional careers,” said Shari Austin, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation. “We are proud to support the Writers’ Trust of Canada through this award.”


About Bronwen Wallace

Bronwen Wallace was a poet, short story writer, and mentor to many young writers as a creative writing instructor at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston. This prize was established in her honour in 1994 by a group of friends and colleagues. Wallace felt that writers should have more opportunities for recognition early in their careers and so this annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.

 About the Award

Since it was established in 1994, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award has distinguished 69 young writers with a nomination and many have gone on to receive literary acclaim. Past winners include Michael Crummey, Stephanie Bolster, Alissa York, Sonnet L’Abbé, Alison Pick, Jeramy Dodds, Marjorie Celona, Garth Martens, and, most recently, Erin Frances Fisher.

The Writers’ Union of Canada announces shortlist for 2014 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

>>From The Writers’ Union of Canada

May 4, 2015 – The Writers’ Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the eighteenth annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2014.  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 comprised authors Shani Mootoo,Susan Swan, and John Vigna, who determined the short list from 37 collections submitted, some by seasoned writers, others by authors being published for the first time. Those finalists are:
Claire BattershillCircus, McClelland & Stewart
Rivka GalchenAmerican Innovations, HarperCollins Canada
Eliza RobertsonWallflowers, Hamish Hamilton Canada
Mireille SilcoffChez L’Arabe, House of Anansi Press
Janine Alyson YoungHideout Hotel, Caitlin Press
The winners will be announced at The Writers’ Union of Canada’s OnWords Conference on May 30th
The Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks.  The Award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Winners of Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth announced

>>From the League of Canadian Poets

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the winners of the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth.  The contest is named in honour of Jessamy Stursberg and “her lifelong love of poetry,” who passed away in 2008; she is the late wife of journalist and author Peter Stursberg. The contest’s categories consist of junior and senior age groups.  Winning poems and youth will be featured on the LCP Blog (http://poets.ca/blog/) throughout the month of May. 

Senior Category

  • 1st Place: Potential by Mehrin Siddiqi (Milton, ON)
  • 2nd Place: Variations Upon a Myth by Brynn Erickson (Victoria, BC)
  • 3rd Place: Nightmares on the Morning Tide by Alexandra Nesnidalova (Victoria, BC)

Junior Category

  • 1st Place: Flip It by Ghalia Aamer (Edmonton, AB)
  • 2nd Place: How do you write poetry? by Hannah Watson (Sudbury, ON)
  • 3rd Place: Ragnarök by Jay Wieler (Winnipeg, MB)


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