Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Canada Writes Announces the Finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

The English-language finalists for the 2014 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize were announced yesterday by Canada Writes and its partners, the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre. The five finalists were selected by this year's jury, Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane, out of more than 1800 submitted stories.

The finalists are:

  • Jennifer Clark of Calgary, Alberta for February
  • Brandee Eubank of New Brigden, Alberta for Some Distant World
  • Sarah Habben of St. Albert, Alberta for Where I Am From
  • Profile on Jason Christie

    by rob mclennan

    On Writing, with Sam McKegney

    Sam McKegney is an author and associate professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. His most recent book, published earlier this year, is Masculindians:
    Conversations about Indigenous Manhood
    (University of Manitoba Press), a collection of interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood.

    On Writing, with Jordan St. John

    Alan McLeod and Jordan St. John just might have your dream gig, if you are a beer lover. They are the authors of The Ontario Beer Book: A Heady History of Brewing from the Great Lakes to the Hudson Bay (Dundurn), where their research took them to Ontario's breweries, from the smallest craft brewery to multinational conglomerates.

    Today we speak to Jordan, who tells Open Book about beer's important role in Ontario's history, the relationship between beer and local identity and the importance of making something.

    Open Book:

    Tell us about your book, The Ontario Beer Book.

    (Further) notes on the archive

    by rob mclennan

    On starting a new poetry journal: Touch the Donkey

    by rob mclennan

    Earlier this year, I was watching my daily array of late night talk shows, and witnessed an improv between Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen on Late Night with Seth Meyers that described a new (fictional) game, “Touch the Donkey.” I immediately thought to myself: that would be a great name for a magazine.

    Prince Edward County Studio Tour presents Unique Literary and Artistic Event

    The Prince Edward County Studio Tour is presenting a unique event combining literary and visual arts. In collaboration with an organization of writers in Great Britain called 26, they are presenting 26 Atlantic Crossings: A Visual Expression of Original Art and the Written Word.

    On Writing, with Melanie Dugan

    Melanie Dugan is a Kingston-based writer and author of four novels, including this spring's Bee Summers, a coming of age story about a young girl whose mother simply walks out of the house one day, never to return.

    Today, Open Book speaks with Melanie about loss, migratory beekeeping and the literary community where she lives.

    Open Book:

    Tell us about your new book, Bee Summers.

    Call for Submissions: 20 Somethings Going Nowhere

    From our friends at Going Nowhere:

    Going Nowhere is a Toronto-based writing collective seeking work for our inaugural publication. Send us your short story on the topic "20 Somethings Going Nowhere" for publication in an anthology. We are interested in theme-driven pieces from both emerging and established writers. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014. There are no age or location restrictions.

    Please send submissions to [email protected]

    Include your name and the title of your story in the subject field.

    For further inquiries or details, visit our website or send us an email at [email protected]

    At the Desk: Cheryl Cooper

    In Second Summer of War (Dundurn), Cheryl Cooper takes readers back to 1813 to follow the fate of Princess Emeline "Emily" Louisa. A sequel to Cheryl's Come Looking for Me, Second Summer of War will delight fans of historical fiction. From dangerous ocean passage and battles at sea to Emily's determination not to be married off for family gain, Cheryl mines the turmoil and tension of the period for page-turning storytelling.

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