The 2014 Governor General’s Award Winners

It’s old news, we know, but we’re still thrilled that LITERARY PRESS GROUP has won the 2014 Governor General’s Awards for Poetry and Drama!  Congratulations to Arleen Paré, author of Lake of Two Mountains (Poetry) and Jordan Tannahill, author Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Drama).

From BRICK BOOKS:

Lake-of-Two-Mountains-webLake of Two Mountains (ISBN 9781926829876), Arleen Paré’s second poetry collection, is a portrait of a lake, of a relationship to a lake, of a network of relationships around a lake. It maps, probes and applauds the riparian region of central Canadian geography that lies between the Ottawa and the St. Lawrence Rivers. The poems portray this territory, its contested human presences and natural history: the 1990 Oka Crisis, Pleistocene shifts and dislocations, the feather-shaped Ile Cadieux, a Trappist monastery on the lake’s northern shore. As we are drawn into experience of the lake and its environs, we also enter an intricate interleaving of landscape and memory, a reflection on how a place comes to inhabit us even as we inhabit it.

flint-dark far-off
sky on the move across the lake
slant sheets closing in
sky collapsing from its bowl
shoreline waiting taut
stones dark as plums

~from “Distance Closing In”

Praise for Lake of Two Mountains:

“When has a body of water said so much, been looked at so many ways, spoken in so many voices? Arleen Paré’s “lake” is an astonishing creation, alive and changeable, as multifaceted as light on water. “Lake of Two Mountains” is a literal place, yes, but it is also a place with spiritual, personal, religious and political dimensions. A kind of all-seeing deity, it observes human life and measures the passing of time. I am in awe of this lake, its reach and complexities rooted in the specifics of flora and fauna. I am also in awe of Paré’s marvelous and deeply authentic poems.
—Patricia Young

“Arleen Paré’s poems are monastic prayers of forgiveness, intense simplicities that praise all we have lost, all we have left. She is a gift the world has given us. Read her and then in deep quiet read her again.”
—Patrick Lane

From PLAYWRIGHTS CANADA PRESS:

9781770911949Three of Jordan Tannahill’s fresh and riveting works are featured in this collection, including Get Yourself Home Skyler James, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, and rihannaboi95.

Based on a true story, Get Yourself Home Skyler James follows the harrowing journey of a young lesbian who defects from the army when she is outed by fellow soldiers. Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes chronicles the last hour of Peter Fechter’s life, a teenager in East Berlin shot while attempting to cross the Berlin Wall in 1962 with his companion. Finally, the award-winning  rihannaboi95 centres around a Toronto teen whose world comes crashing in when YouTube videos of him dancing to songs by his favourite pop heroine go viral. Together these solo plays explore the lives of three queer youth and their resilience in the face of violence and intolerance.

“…one of Canada’s most promising young independent theatre artists.”—Alison Broverman,Toronto Star

Check out a performance of rihannaboi95 on YouTube. Owais Lightwala is Sunny in this viral play, produced by Suburban Beast.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

The long wait is finally over! Jeff Kinney’s much anticipated ninth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book The Long Haul is now available in bookstores across Canada.9781419711893-350x521

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book

A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.

About the author
Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives with his wife and two sons in southern Massachusetts, where he is opening a bookstore.

 

Watch Jeff discuss the new book below and visit www.wimpykid.com to download games and activities based on the new novel.

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Congratulations to the following authors and illustrators nominated for 2015 Forest of Reading Awards!

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The Blue Spruce Award
Young Frank, Architect
Frank Viva
Abrams
Hardcover: 978087070893

 

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Young Frank, Architect, MoMA’s first storybook for kids ages three to eight, follows the adventures of Young Frank, a resourceful young architect who lives in New York City with his grandfather, Old Frank, who is also an architect. Young Frank sees creative possibilities everywhere, and likes to use anything he can get his hands on—macaroni, old boxes, spoons, and sometimes even his dog, Eddie—to creates things like chairs out of toilet paper rolls and twisting skyscrapers made up of his grandfather’s books. But Old Frank is skeptical; he doesn’t think that’s how REAL architects make things.
One day, donning matching bow ties, straw boater hats, and Le Corbusier-inspired glasses, they visit The Museum of Modern Art, where they see the work of renowned architects like Frank Gehryand Frank Lloyd Wright. And they learn that real architects do in fact create wiggly chairs, twisty towers, and even entire cities. Inspired by what they see, Young Frank and Old Frank return home to build structures of every shape and size: “tall ones, fat ones, round ones, and one made from chocolate chip cookies.”

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The Silver Birch Fiction Award
Dial “M” for Morna (The Dead Kid Detective Agency)
Evan Munday
ECW Press
Paperback: 9781770410732

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 October Schwartz and her five deadest friends are back. The holiday season has descended upon the town of Sticksville like an eggnog rainstorm, but October has no time for candy canes or mistletoe. She’s busy dealing with an oddly pleasant new history teacher, her living friends’ new roles as high-school radio DJs, and two (!) new mysteries that need solving before the new year. October and her ghost friends are hot on the trail of the person (or persons) responsible for Morna MacIsaac’s death in 1914 — or as hot as one can be on a 100-year-old trail — when October’s friend Yumi finds herself the target of anti-Asian harassment at school. Solving two mysteries at once won’t be easy, but our intrepid heroine in black eyeliner loves a challenge. Follow October, Cyril, Tabetha, Morna, Kirby, and Derek as they sleuth their way through a blizzard of suffragettes, iceskating disasters, mystical telephones, and boats named Titanic, all set against a backdrop of yuletide pandemonium.

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The Red Maple Non-Fiction Award
We Are Canada
Rikia Saddy & Cameron McLellan
Simply Read (Ingram Publisher Services)
Hardcover: 9781927018200
Paperback: 9781927018309

 

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This is a story of Canada unlike any you’ve heard before.  Illustrated and evocative, it conjures up a new understanding of who we are and what we’ve built, together. We Are Canada tackles tough questions about Canadian identity, underpinned by the simple idea that we are one.

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The Governor General’s Shortlists

Welcome to fall readers! We’ve been mildly debating about how much rain is normal in October (so far, it seems…normal), how long we can delay pulling out our winter gear (we’re naively hoping for November) and if drinking Pumpkin Spiced Lattes is actually basic. That being said, we’re not too worried since we’ve also been busy basking in the glow of our recent award nominations (see what we did there) and congratulating each other by buying pumpkin spiced everything. Sterling Publishing’s “The Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookbook” has been particularly helpful for new recipe tips.

Congratulations to the following authors, publishers and overall amazing individuals that were nominated for the Governor General’s Shortlists this past week:

In the CHILDREN’S LITERATURE (ILLUSTRATION) category:

Once Upon a Memory illustrated by Renata Liwska, text by Nina Laden and (ISBN 9780316208161 / $19.00 / Hardcover – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers//HBG)

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In the POETRY category:

Night Vision by Christopher Levenson (ISBN 9781927443583 / $18.00 / Paperback – Quattro Books//LitDistCo)

Night Vision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake of Two Mountains by Arleen Paré (ISBN 9781926829876 / $20.00 / Paperback – Brick Books//LitDistCo)

Lake of Two Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Light By Julie Joosten (ISBN 9781927040836 / $18.00 / Paperback – BookThug//LitDistCo)

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And in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA category:

Secret Mask by Rick Chafe (ISBN 9781770911901 / $16.95 / Paperback – Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

The Secret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Elusive Spark by Janet Munsil (ISBN 9781770912045 / $16.95 / Paperback – Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

That Elusive Spark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Age of Minority by Jordan Tannahill (ISBN 9781770911949 / $19.95 / Paperback – Playwrights Canada Press//UTP)

Age of Minority

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