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OPEN MIC NIGHT FEATURING: IAIN S. THOMAS & TRISTA MATEER

Join poets Iain S. Thomas and Trista Mateer as they take the stage to read from from I Wrote This For You: 2007 – 2017 and Honeybee. Following their performances, local artists will be invited on-stage to share their own poetry.

Open Mic Guidelines:

  • Local artist sign-up sheet will be available in store starting at 9am on the day of the event
  • Each artist will have 2-3 minutes onstage
  • Each artist will be provided with a microphone and speakers; additional equipment is not recommended
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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:

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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:

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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)

POETRY MONTH! Weekly Picks

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This week, bpNichol's poetic legacy, Japanese forms, Earle Birney's essential readings and poetry for kids! Theseus by bpNichol, THESEUS is an important text that adds considerable gravitas to Nichol's poetic legacy, and the unique partnership between the two authors allows Nichol's words to be extended beyond the grave. "bpNichol was, and still is, the essential poet for so many of us." – Michael Ondaatje

BookThug ISBN 9781771660365 $15.00

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Shouting Your Name Down A Well by David McFadden, explores the Japanese forms of haiku and tankas. This is the first full-length collection of his work in those forms. The 400 or so poems in this collection create a mesmerizing overview of his life and his philosophy.

Mansfield Press ISBN 9781771260411 $20.00

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The Essential Earle Birney by Earle Birney, presents a wide-ranging selection of the celebrated Canadian poet's most memorable verse.

The Porcupine's Quill ISBN 9780889843738 $14.95

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Signs of Subversive Innocents by Cora Sire, travels the depth of human experience from the celebratory to the delusional. This debut collection by Cora Sir tells of characters and realms, both distant and familiar, with vibrant intensity and lyricism.

Signature Editions ISBN 9781927426388 $14.95

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Everyone is CO2 by David James Brock, debut poetry collection from the internationally acclaimed librettist and playwright. His subject matter is wide ranging, addressing the things that influence our private mythologies, from television to space exploration, from heavy metal to the epic of Gilgamesh.

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9781894987837 $18.00

FOR THE KIDS...

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Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera, Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future. "Well-constructed, thought-provoking and appealing, this first effort bodes well for the author’s future."-Kirkus Reviews

Abrams Books ISBN 9781419710391 $18.95

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Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost, stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes over 25 poems, including “Mending Wall,” “Birches” and, of course, “The Road Not Taken.” Henri Sorensen's gorgeous images perfectly complement each verse.

Sterling Publishing ISBN 9781454902881 $15.95

POETRY MONTH | New Books

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This week, Vehicule Press' fantastic Global Poetry Anthology, a poem about a Mennonite community, and very funny erotic poems about Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep. Global Poetry Anthology: 2013, featuring finalists for the Montreal International Poetry Prize—the world’s first $20,000 prize for one poem—this anthology is a one-of-a-kind collection of contemporary, previously unpublished poems gathered from all corners of the English-speaking world. Vehicule Press ISBN 9781550653670 $18.00

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Ordinary Hours by Karen Enns, In Ordinary Hours, the follow-up to Karen Enns’ Gerald Lampert Award-nominated first collection, That Other Beauty, we revisit Enns’ rural Mennonite childhood, replete with the sensuousness of “diesel fuel” and “hot peaches.” Brick Books ISBN 9781926829906 $20.00

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Failure to Thrive by Suzannah Showler, Hip and cerebral, this witty collection is as quick to make fun of itself as it is to turn its humour outward, where false historians have free rein, answers come in the form of questions, and the apocalypse seems like a good time to knit a sweater. Suzannah Showler’s debut shows us how a failing world can be the site of aesthetic renewal rather than decline. ECW Press ISBN 9781770412026 $18.95

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Blind Items by Dina Del Bucchia, erotic poetry about celebrities like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. These hypermodern confessional poems are funny, strange, and very, very sexy. Insomniac Press ISBN 9781554831289 $16.95

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Sin Eater by Angela Hibbs, reassembles the seven deadly sins to reflect a modern context and culture.With nimble language and an uncommon wit, Hibbs reveals the fluidity of transgression when traditional definitions no longer apply. Sin Eater is a bold new collection from one of Canada s brightest poetic voices. Arbeiter Ring Publishing ISBN 9781894037495 $14.95

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Asking by Shawna Lemay, a collection of poems and poem-essays about paintings, ekphrasis, beauty, and deep looking which takes its title from the lines by Phyllis Webb: "Listen. If I have known beauty / let's say I came to it / asking." Seraphim Editions ISBN 9781927079270 $17.95

POETRY MONTH | Weekly Highlights

It's POETRY MONTH, which for some people is the cruelest month of the year, breeding black turtle necks out of moth-eaten closets, mixing casual coffee drinkers and poets at pop up slam competitions, stirring glassy-eyed shoppers with sprung rhythm. At Manda Group, we love poetry month and want to help you choose the perfect haiki or meta-poem to buy, so for the next couple of weeks we will be unveiling upcoming and newly released titles! Here's the first few GEMS:

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100 Love Sonnets by Pablo Neruda Exile Editions ISBN 9781550963878 $24.95

Forty years after Pablo Neruda’s death, this compilation of his sonnets, unlike previous translations, captures the true spirit and verbal dexterity of his lesser-known genre. Pablo Neruda is still one of the most widely read, influential and beloved 20th-century poets. He was a Nobel Laureate, famous for his politically engaged lyrics, who also wrote these bold and sensual sonnets. In this new edition, the poems are followed by three essays on reading Neruda and his poetic effect by the notable poets and translators A. F. Moritz, Beatriz Hausner, and Toronto’s Poet Laureate (2012–2015) George Elliott Clarke, as well as a new afterword by the translator, questions for discussion, and recommended readings.

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Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting by Kevin Powers Little, Brown and Co. ISBN 9780316401081 $25.00

National Book Award finalist, Iraq war veteran, novelist and poet Kevin Powers creates a deeply affecting portrait of a life shaped by war. Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting captures the many moments that comprise a soldier's life: driving down the Texas highway; waiting for the unknown in the dry Iraq heat; writing a love letter; listening to a mother recount her dreams. Written with evocative language and discernment, Powers's poetry strives to make sense of the war and its echoes through human experience.

Just as The Yellow Birds was hailed as the "first literary masterpiece produced by the Iraq war," this collection will make its mark as a powerful, enduring work (Los Angeles Times).

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Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro Brick Books ISBN 9781926829883 $20.00

Award-winning poet Jane Munro draws on her well-honed talents to address what Eliot called “the gifts reserved for age.” A beloved partner’s crossing into Alzheimer’s is at the heart of this book, and his “battered blue Sonoma” is an evocation of numerous other crossings: between empirical reportage and meditative apprehension, dreaming and wakefulness, Eastern and Western poetic traditions. Rich in both pathos and sharp shards of insight, Munro’s wisdom here is deeply embedded, shot through with moments of wit and candour. In the tradition of Taoist poets like Wang Wei and Po-Chu-i, her sixth and best book opens a wide poetic space, and renders difficult conditions with the lightest of touches. Grey wood twisted tight within the framework of the tree – impossible to snap off, forged as it dries.And in me, parts I can’t imagine myself without – silvering. ~from “The live arbutus carries dead branches…”

Check our blog next week for more highlights!

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems

With key matchups between the USA and Canada this week, hockey has been top of mind both north and south of the border. Fans from either nation are either cheering their respective teams to victory or provide compelling excuses for why things went wrong. In either case, the memory of these olympic matchups will not fade for at least a few days. But for those of us that are disappointed in the end, it may prove a good idea to take a more philosophical view of what transpired rather than let emotions rule the day.

Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems by Randall Maggs provides the perfect jumping off point for such ruminations. Brick Books has provided hockey fans of all loyalties with an insightful collection of poetry focused on a hockey legend that has played for multiple teams on both sides of the border. When talking about Sawchuk, there is no need to mince words. He is simply one of, if not the, greatest goalies of all time. His 103 career shutouts was a record that stood for 39 years and most thought would never be broken.

Night Work sheds light on the enigma that is Terry Sawchuk who Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail calls the “...[D]arkest most troubled figure in the history of the national game.” Brunt goes on to heap praise on the collection, saying it “...[M]ay be the truest hockey book ever written.” If truth can be measured by the emotions a book dregs up in a reader, then I could not agree more.

The unique format of this book is like no other hockey title I have come across, and if sheer blissful escape are what you’re after then this is the books for you. Reading this book will cause any hockey fan to lose themselves for hours at a time in a swirl of deep, rich imagery that you can almost smell. Night Work is magical a piece of art that will leave you thinking about so much more than just the Olympic results.

LPG Wins Two Governor General's Literary Awards

We would like to extend congratulations to two of our Literary Press Group publishers who won Governor General's Literary Awards yesterday afternoon.

WINNER - POETRY

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette - 9781897289761 - $14.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP DistributionNorth End

About the Author Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and compilations, including the upcoming Manitoapow—Aboriginal Literary History of Manitoba (Highwater Press 2012). Vermette was the 2010-2011 Blogger in Residence for thewriterscollective.org and recently begun graduate work in the prestigious Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia. A member of the Aboriginal Writers Collective of Manitoba since 2004, Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

WINNER - TRANSLATION

Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu; trans. Donald Winkler - 9781550653397 - $18.00 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

About the Book Pierre Nepveu is unique among French Quebec poets for having forged a voice at once unadorned, sensuous, and adventurous, and this new collection is a masterwork consisting of three sequences. The first focuses on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway; the second, a riff on a group of stones on a table; and the final sequence concerns the poet’s parents and their deaths. The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest. In the original French, this collection was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2010.

2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards

It's AUTUMN, which means the end of lazy afternoons sitting on a beach towel for six hours straight until your burnt, hungry and finally reached the end of THE SHINING GIRLS (there was no way you were going to put it down until you found out if Kirby finally confronts her would-be killer). It also marks the beginning of AWARDS SEASON and perhaps, more substantial reading goals. We've already posted a couple of nominations here, and here. Below you'll find a list of nominees for the 2013 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards. The Quebec Writers’ Federation highlights the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec and includes six $2,000 book prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. For more information visit: http://www.qwf.org/awards. The winners will be announced on November 19th, 2013! A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

Ken Howe, The Civic-Mindedness of Trees - 9781894987721; $17.00, Trade Paperback (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers / UTP Distribution)

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Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

Maximilian Forte, Slouching Towards Sirte - 9781926824529; $27.95, Trade Paperback (Baraka Books / Independent Publishers Group)

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Concordia University First Book Prize

Connie Guzzo-McParland, The Girls of Piazza d’Amore - 9781927535196; $13.95, Trade Paperback (Linda Leith Publishing / LitDistCo)

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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Jocelyne Dubois, World of Glass - 9781927443316; $14.95, Trade Paperback (Quattro Books Inc. / LitDistCo)

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Cole Foundation Prize for Translation (French to English)

Donald Winkler, The Major Verbs - 9781550653397; $18.00, Trade Paperback (Véhicule Press / LitDistCo)

***Translation of Les Verbes majeurs by Pierre Nepveu (Éditions du Noroît)

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Governor General's Award Finalists!

Well, awards season is upon us and we at Manda Group are proud to announce that eleven titles that we represent have been shortlisted for Governor General's Awards! POETRY Beginning with Poetry, where we have three shortlisted titles, the finalists are:

Where the Sun Shines Best by Austin Clarke - 9781550716931 - $15.00 / Guernica Editions/UTP Distribution

From Kandahar to Bridgetown to Mississauga, Ontario, Where the Sun Shines Best encompasses a tragedy of epic scope, a lyrical meditation on poverty, racism and war, and a powerful indictment of the ravages of imperialism.

Bite Down Little Whisper by Don Domanski - 9781926829869- $20.00 / Brick Books/LitDistCo

Bite Down Little Whisper, delves into the interconnectedness of all life with spiritual gravitas and powerful mindfulness. These are poems brimming with mythological and scientific energies, with a multi-dimensionality that opens itself to both complexity and clarity.

North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette - 9781897289761 - $14.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP Distribution

This collection is a very moving tribute, to the girls and the women, the boys and the men, and the loving trouble that has forever transpired between us. - Joanne Arnott

DRAMA Drama, the category with the most shortlisted titles, has four finalists:

Blood: A Scientific Romance by Meg Braem - 9781770911710 - $16.95 / Playwrights Canada Press/UTP Distribution

Blood: A Scientific Romance

Blood: A Scientific Romance probes the questions: Do relationships take on new meaning when they begin to shape not only our experiences, but our biology? And do we, in fact, complete one another?

The Swearing Jar by Kate Hewlett - 9781897289884 - $15.95 / J. Gordon Shillingford/UTP Distribution

Meet Carey and Simon, an otherwise-perfect married couple with a bit of a swearing problem...

With quirky characters, music and gentle humour, this lovely and intricately-constructed story is about meeting challenges head-on and finding hope.

Shakespeare's Nigga by Pierre Joseph Jomo - 9781770911413 - $16.95 / Playwrights Canada Press/UTP Distribution

On a Southern plantation, Shakespeare holds the fate of several black slaves in his hands. Among them are the rebellious Aaron and the obedient Othello, both of whom share an interest in Shakespeare's unwed daughter. But a vital secret remains hidden that could untangle complex

Frenchtown by Lawrence Jeffrey - 9781550963021- $19.95 / Exile Editions/IPG

Frenchtown: A Drama about Shanghai, P.R.C.

A reflection on family and the power of a nation, this elegant and cerebral drama explores the disquietude of Shanghai and its residents in the wake of Tiananmen Square and the return of Hong Kong to mainland China.

TRANSLATION We are  ecstatic to also have three finalists in the Translation category:

Canada's Forgotten Slaves by Marcel Trudel; trans. George Tombs - 9781550653274 - $27.95 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage

By painstakingly combing through unpublished archival records of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Marcel Trudel gives a human face to the over 4,000 Aboriginal and Black slaves bought, sold and exploited in colonial Canada.

The Stalinist's Wife by France Theoret; trans. Luise von Flotow - 9781550716306 - $20.00 / Guernica Editions/UTP Distribution

France Theoret's La femme du stalinien is the latest novel in a trilogy. It tells the story of Louise Aubert, her break from Mathieu Lord when he joins the Stalinist party, and her re-invention through language into a woman who is no longer governed by ordinary codes, conventions and commonplaces.

The Major Verbs by Pierre Nepveu; trans. Donald Winkler - 9781550653397 - $18.00 / Vehicule Press/LitDistCo

The Major Verbs,is a masterwork consisting of three sequences: one focusing on an immigrant night cleaner glimpsed on a subway, another, a riff on a group of stones on a table, and the third concerning the poet’s parents and their deaths.The book closes with a long meditative poem written in the American southwest.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE - ILLUSTRATION Last, but certainly not last we have one finalist in the Children's Literature - Illustration category

How To by Julie Morstad - 9781897476574 - $16.95 / Simply Read Books/Ingram Publisher Services

This imaginative ‘how to’ book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including ‘how to wonder’,  ‘how to see the breeze’, and ‘how to be brave’.  With text and images by award-winning illustrator Julie Morstad, this book will be beloved by all ages. How to read this book? That is up to you!

And that rounds out the list of finalists here at Manda Group. We wish all our authors luck, but regardless of results all of these fantastic titles are winners in our books!

Winning books are announced in mid November. Stay Tuned!

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENTS | Griffin Poetry Prize, Giuseppe Acerbi Award, CAA Winners and Parents Choice Award Honourees

We're pleased to announce that it's finally starting to feel like summer in Canada, and a number of our favourite books from spring have won awards!

HBGPI IN THE SKY (9780316089166 | HBG) by Wendy Mass and THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST (9780316053570 | HBG) by Charles de Lint have been honoured in the Spring 2013 Parent's Choice Awards.

PI IN THE SKY received The Parents' Choice Recommended Seal. This award implies their approval and their recommendation for reasons of production, appeal and fulfillment of its clear intent.  THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST received The Parents' Choice Approved Seal, which indicates a wholesome product that helps children enjoy developing physical, emotional, social or academic skills.  For more information, visit the Parents' Choice website.

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ECW Press author, Christopher Meades, won the 2013 CAA Fiction Award for THE LAST HICCUP (9781550229738 | ECW PRESS), which was hailed by Library Journal as a "wickedly funny story," and Bard Howard won the CAA Exporting Alberta Award for WESTERN TAXIDERMY (9781927063118 | NeWest Press)Herizons Magazine wrote, "Not only would I recommend reading [WESTERN TAXIDERMY], I would recommend re-reading it not long after."  The awards are presented by the Canadian Authors Association and were announced on June 15th.

WHAT'S THE SCORE? (9781894469623 What-s-the-Score-McFadden-David-W-9781894469623| Mansfield Press) by Toronto Author David McFadden won the Griffin Poetry Prize!

Judges’ Citation

“‘If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise,’ advised William Blake in his Proverbs of Hell. As if whispering through the ages into the ear of Canada’s deadpan court jester, Blake’s radical spirit slyly presides over David McFadden’s exuberant thirty-fifth publication, What’s The Score? With their arch yet affable tone, these ninety-nine irreverent and mock-earnest poems lay siege to the feelings of boredom, anxiety, and alienation that afflict a culture obsessed with wealth and prestige, leading us, again and again, down the road of excess to the palace of wisdom. ‘My poems go leaping from crag to crag,’ McFadden boasts in one poem, before quickly, and characteristically, scuttling this Romantic image of the egotistical sublime ‘like a stubble-faced crybaby, it’s probably / because I’ve been writing for so long, / forty years of poems to various friends.’ The easy, casual intimacy of these poems will befriend you on the first page. Their astonishing leaps and their genuine philosophical urgency will compel you to keep reading. ‘Stick around,’ invites this artful and knowing wise fool, ‘everyone should have a chorus / following his steps and reminding him / of his central role in some great dream.’” – Suzanne Buffam

Read more at: http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/awards-and-poets/shortlists/2013-shortlist/david-mcfadden/#sthash.QzcFLEtC.dpuf.

Reflections and Aphorisms_proofAnd finally, Leonidas Donskis won the Essay Writing Prize for the Giuseppe Acerbi Award for A SMALL MAP OF EXPERIENCE: REFLECTIONS & APHORISMS (9781550716603 | Guernica Editions). Robert Ginsberg, Director of The International Center for the Arts, Humanities, and Value Inquiry, wrote, "This is a powerful original contribution to the philosophy of culture. Donskis shows that modernity is perforce always troubled, for we are confronted with competing cultural and political traditions from which we have emerged, while we are obliged to face divergent directions for our next steps. The result of Donskis's bold exploration is an impressive travelogue of the human spirit in which the reader takes an active part. This is truly what must be called an engaging book."

Congratulations to all of the winners!