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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.

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!

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!