Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Dundurn Press' Kirk Howard wins 2015 Janice E. Handford Award

Yesterday evening, the Ontario Book Publishers Organization honoured Kirk Howard, founder and president of Dundurn Press, with the Janice E. Handford Award.

The award recognizes "an individual who has advanced the cause of small and literary Canadian publishing” and has been a spotlight on some of the industry's most influential individuals, many of whom contributed to the original creation of a homegrown publishing industry in the 1960s and 1970s.

Profile on Chuqiao Yang, with a few questions

By rob mclennan

Born in Beijing, China and raised in Saskatoon, Chuqiao (Teresa) Yang is one of three writers, alongside Alessandra Naccarato and Irfan Ali, shortlisted for the 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. As Quill and Quire reported on the shortlist announcement:

"A part of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, the $5,000 prize, which alternates annually between poetry and short fiction, aims to recognize Canadian writers under 35 not yet published in book form.

Call for Submissions: Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests' Annual Poetry and New Screenwriting Competitions

The Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests (ACWC) is once again accepting submissions for their annual poetry competition. Launched in April 2012, the ACWC recognizes and develops unpublished Canadian writers by providing mentoring opportunities with acclaimed, published authors. The 2015 Contest judge and mentor is Stuart Ross, and submissions will be accepted until June 1, 2015. For more information, please visit the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest wesbite.

Special Feature! Poet on Poet: Marcus McCann's homage to David McGimpsey

Every writer has their literary influences, and they each honour them in different ways. David Foster Wallace loved C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Haruki Murakami digs Salinger and Fitzgerald. Zadie Smith is a Nabokov fan. Some tip their hats to idols in interviews, others take quotes as titles or include their literary favs in their acknowledgments page.

After Anne: Humber Takes Kids’ Lit Workshop to P.E.I.'s Holland College

From our friends at Humber College:

Prince Edward Island has long been a special place for writers and lovers of children's literature thanks to everyone's favourite redhead, making it the perfect locale for the Insider’s Guide to Writing and Publishing for Young Readers. Presented in partnership between P.E.I.’s Holland College and Toronto’s Humber College, the workshop will run from July 10-11, 2015.

Special Feature! TIFF Books on Film: Acclaimed Screenwriter Allan Scott on Don't Look Now

Allan Scott's career as a screenwriter has spanned multiple genres and more than four decades. He's managed to avoid the spotlight even as he built an enviable résumé, working on movies that range from cult classics to beloved children's films. If that weren't impressive enough, he also did his homeland of Scotland proud, fitting in a 20-year stint as Chairman of Macallan-Glenlivet (names you'll be familiar with from the shelves of the LCBO).

Scott has tackled adaptations of works by classic authors, including Roald Dahl and Daphne du Maurier. His adaptation of du Maurier's iconic story "Don't Look Now" into a film of the same name (directed by Nicolas Roeg), is what brings him to Toronto, for TIFF's Books on Film series.

Profile on Henry Beissel, with a few questions

By rob mclennan

Profile on Aaron Tucker, with a few questions

by rob mclennan

Toronto poet Aaron Tucker’s first full collection of poetry, Punchlines (Mansfield Press, 2015), explores “the poetic tensions in the everyday languages of computer-user collaboration.” A selection of the book appeared as the chapbook punchlines 1.0 (2013) through above/ground press, a chapbook Ottawa poet and blogger michael dennis described as containing “short, crisp and highly entertaining poems.” Around the same time, Tucker wrote a short essay around the project for The Puritan, in which he explained:

Shortlist for The 2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards Announced

The 2015 shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards was announced yesterday. The shortlist is divided into two categories, one for Children's Picture Books and one for Young Adult/Middle Reader, and one winner will be selected from each list by student jurors from Alexander Muir/Gladstone Avenue Junior and Senior Public School.

Five students in Grades Three and Four will select the winner of the Children's Picture Book Award, and five students in Grades Seven and Eight will choose the Young Adult/Middle Reader award recipient. Each winning author will take home a $6,000 prize.

The awards will be announced at the school on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Poetry Month Special: Talking About Poetry with Anansi Poets A. F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie

A. F. Moritz, Erin Mouré and Karen Solie are three of Canada's most decorated and venerated poets writing today. Poetry fans are getting a particular treat this year, as all three authors have new (and hotly anticipated) books out this spring: Moritz's Sequence, Mouré's Kapusta and Solie's The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, all published by House of Anansi Press.

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