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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.

Atlantic Book Awards Winners Announced | LPG & IPG

Atlantic Award The Atlantic Book Awards have an East Coast perspective and a Nova Scotia address (this year they were hosted in Dartmouth), but make no mistake: they are an important awards show, and their impact is felt across the country.

On a cool Thursday night last month, CBC Radio’s Louise Renault hosted the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards at the Alderney Gate Theatre. Editors, writers, artists, poets and book enthusiasts came together to sip cocktails, mingle with the literati and celebrate the literary achievements of Atlantic Canada.

Dirty Bird (9781926639529) by Keir Lowther, published by Tightrope Books, won Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and In the Field (9781550813913), by Joan Sullivan, published by Breakwater, won the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction (part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards).  The winners are decided by a panel of judges.

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viewpic2.phpThe Margaret and John Savage First Book Award recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction published in the previous year by an Atlantic writer.  The Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction (part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards) carries the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Atlantic Book Awards Society (ABAS) is a registered non-profit organization with the mandate “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”

For more information please visit: http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca.