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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 (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:

9781770911949

Three 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.

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)

Night Vision

In the POETRY category:

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

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

 

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

And in the ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA category:

The Secret
The Secret

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

 

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

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

Manda News Update | Cinnamon Toast and The End of the World Rave Review, DAVID AND GOLIATH Cover Reveal & Smashing China with Ann Shin

cinnamonIt's already JUNE, and we have so much to tell you. First off, Janet E. Cameron's incredible Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World (9781444743968) finally released in May (5/5/2013 to be exact). You can read an excerpt hereThe book is getting RAVE reviews across the country and on goodreads.com. The Globe and Mail called it, "a good summer read because a juicy coming-of-age story, especially one with a twist, fits well into a beach bag." They also wrote, "Cameron’s portrayal of 17-year-old Stephen Shulevitz is astonishingly good. There’s an alchemy here that not every writer who takes on a character so different from herself can achieve. She captures it all..." Click here to read the rest of the article and, if you want more of Cameron's writing, follow her twitter feed @ASimpleJan.

Father's Day is this weekend so we will be posting book and gift suggestions on our Facebook and twitter feed. Don't miss it! We'll have suggestions for the handyman Dad, the-I-don't-mess-around-in-the-garden Dad, the grill-master Dad, the super-sporty Dad and every Dad in between.

A couple of weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal revealed the cover for Malcolm Gladwell’s highly anticipated DAVID AND GOLIATH (9780316204361).

David and Goliath It's been 5 years since Outliers was published.  As you can imagine, we have been eagerly anticipating this book along with a million other readers!

Here's the synopsis from Hachette Book Group:

In DAVID AND GOLIATH, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms-all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle? Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, DAVID AND GOLIATH is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional.

Read more at: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/malcolm-gladwell/david-and-goliath/9780316204361/#desc.

Elsewhere, Ann Shin, the lovely, award-winning filmmaker and author of the book of poetry Family China (9781926829807 | Brick Books), is on tour. Leah McLaren of The Globe and Mail wrote, "Shin’s book, which she described in a recent interview as a collection of poems about “family, connections and destruction,” is an evocative, impressionistic collection, full of objects, images, scents and sounds from her early childhood on a five-acre farm in Langley, B.C." FamilyFor the book launch book, Ann smashed her family china at the Soho House and invited spectators to smash their own personal objects.  She told The Globe and Mail, "“It’s about breaking out of the confining narrative of our lives.”  Wish we had been there!

That's it for now. Follow us on twitter @MandaGroup and on Facebook for author updates, book trailers, and much more!