The Midnight Games (9781894987967) by David Neil Lee has won the Kerry Schooley Award for the book which best captures the spirit of Hamilton.
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When Nate sneaks into Ivor Wynne Stadium to check out the midnight games that are keeping his neighborhood up at night, he knew something wasn’t right, but he had no idea how strange—and deadly—things would be. He has stumbled upon one of the rituals of the Resurrection Church of the Ancients, and soon his days and nights are dogged by ancient books, giant centipedes, and geometric curses that bring death down upon you in the form of glowing hounds. In this thrilling young adult novel, set in gritty, postindustrial Hamilton, David Neil Lee blends the rich horror of H. P. Lovecraft with the pace of a modern mystery.
A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (9781928088110) by Stuart Ross has won the 4th Annual Kitty Lewis Hazel Millar Dennis Tourbin Poetry Prize!
Elegiac, bittersweet and generous of spirit – a major poet’s most beautiful work to date. Always willing to take aesthetic and artistic risks, Stuart Ross is the author of some of Canada’s most daring, and also most rewarding, poetry. Long celebrated for his surreal narratives and humorous wordplay, here Ross focuses more intensely on intimate subject matter – investigating the often complex, often absurd, but always powerful connections between loved ones. The care and delicacy with which he renders these portraits of family members, friends, mentors – and even himself – is nothing short of arresting. And readers – both those familiar with his work and those new to it – will admire the dexterity with which he juxtaposes such pieces with more audacious inventions.