Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


CanLit Icons and Fresh Voices Featured on the 2015 Trillium Book Award Shortlists!

This year's Trillium Book Award finalists' list sees CanLit icons mixed with fresh voices, for a list that will likely keep book lovers guessing till the last minute. Highly decorated established writers including Margaret Atwood, Thomas King and former Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand pop up alongside rising stars like Kate Cayley. Both Atwood and King have won the prize previously.

Alessandra Naccarato Wins 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

In a ceremony held last night at the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Writers' Trust of Canada announced Alessandra Naccarato as the winner of the 2015 RBC Bronwn Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her poetry collection, "Re-Origin of Species." The award includes a $5,000 prize, as well as the opportunity to mentor under an established writer.

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 Launched in April 2012, the ACWC recognizes and develops unpublished Canadian writers by providing mentoring opportunities with acclaimed, published authors.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:

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