Via the Canadian Authors Association
Last night the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2013 Literary Awards competition during its annual CanWrite! conference.
Michael S. Cross of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was awarded the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for A Biography of Robert Baldwin: The Morning-Star of Memory (Oxford University Press). The shortlist for this award included Tim Cook (Warlord: Borden, MacKenzie King, and Canada’s World Wars) and Barry Gough (Juan de Fuca’s Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams).
Christopher Meades was named the recipient of the CAA Award for Fiction for his novel The Last Hiccup (ECW Press). This year’s fiction shortlist included Tricia Dower (Stony River) and Vincent Lam (The Headmaster’s Wager).
Don McKay won the CAA Poetry Award for Paradoxides (McClelland & Stewart). The 2013 poetry shortlist also included Julie Bruck (Monkey Ranch) and Emily McGiffin (Between Dusk and Night).
All three award recipients receive a silver medal and a $2000 cash prize.
Earlier this week, two young authors were named as co-recipients of the 2013 Emerging Writer Awards: Claire Battershill and Jay Bahadur. They share a $500 prize.
The awards finalists were announced by CAA National President Matthew Bin at the association’s annual literary awards gala in Orillia, Ontario. Andrew Westoll (Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary) provided a stirring keynote address, and PEN Canada President, Charles Foran, moved the audience with hard facts from a national and international perspective.
The awards were a highlight of this year’s 3-day CanWrite! conference, held at the Orillia campus of Lakehead University and Residence.
Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.