Submitted by Open Book on June 18, 2014 - 1:55pm
The winners of the 2014 Trillium Book Award were announced last night at a dinner hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Four Ontario authors were honoured with the prestigious literary award in both English and French-language categories for fiction and poetry.
Trillium Book Award English-language and French-language winners each receive $20,000. Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500 towards their promotional costs. The winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English-language and French-language each receive $10,000 and their publishers receive $2,000. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
Submitted by kate on June 16, 2014 - 11:12am
The Canadian Authors Association have announced the 2014 shortlist for the CAA Literary Awards. Beginning in 1975, these awards honour excellence in Canadian writing in four categories: Fiction, Canadian History, Poetry and Emerging Writing. Open Book is thrilled that our own Senior Editor, Grace O'Connell, is among the twelve finalists.
Submitted by shaunsmith on June 15, 2014 - 10:16am
This month, for the final installment of Fiction Craft, we asked a group of writers: How do you know if there is a novel in a story idea?
With Mark Blagrave, Katie Crouch, Ann Eriksson, Darren Greer, Cristina Henriquez, Linda Holeman, David Homel and Andrew Kaufman.
Submitted by kate on June 9, 2014 - 11:52am
The annual Speaker's Book Award, established in 2012 by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is now accepting entries from authors and publishers across the province until September 19, 2014. The award recognizes works by Ontario authors covering historical, regional, cultural or parliamentary aspects of the province in both official languages. Special consideration is given to works focusing on Ontario’s parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.
Submitted by kate on June 9, 2014 - 11:02am
Literary genealogy can be such a tricky thing. What does it mean to attempt to trace anything as nebulous as literary parentage or forebears? Sometimes it’s a matter of discovering a particular writer’s work that presents a permission to do our own work in a particular way, or even the simple permission to be able to begin to produce our own work at all. Other times, it is far more specific, and far more personal: a mentor, perhaps. This is far easier for some.
Submitted by Open Book on June 6, 2014 - 8:41am
At a ceremony in Toronto on June 5, the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize was awarded to Brenda Hillman, who won the international prize, and Anne Carson, who received the Canadian prize.
Over 500 books were submitted to the distinguished award, which is the largest of its kind and has become one of the most influential literary prizes in the world. Judges Robert Bringhurst (Canada), Jo Shapcott (UK) and C.D. Wright (USA) selected Carson's Red Doc> (Jonathan Cape, McClelland & Stewart) and Hillman's Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (Wesleyan University Press) after whittling the submissions a short list of four (international) and three (Canadian) titles.
Submitted by kate on June 3, 2014 - 11:29am
Joanne Arnott is an award-winning Metis writer and literary performer from Manitoba, now living with her family on the west coast. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood won the Gerald Lampert Award in 1992. She has performed readings of her work and given writing workshops across Canada and in Australia.
Submitted by Open Book on May 29, 2014 - 1:13pm
The Writer's Trust of Canada announced the winner of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award, which highlights the talents of emerging Canadian writers under the age of 35, who have yet to be published in book form. The award, which also celebrated its 20th anniversary, was presented at an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music hosted by novelist and poet Michael Crummey, who won the inaugural prize in 1994.
Submitted by Grace on May 28, 2014 - 1:04pm
In our Five Things Literary series, we bring you into the literary life of individual authors and the communities that nurture and inspire them.
Today we hear from debut novelist and past Journey Prize nominee (twice over!) Krista Foss, who lives and writes in Hamilton. Krista's debut novel, Smoke River, was published this spring by McClelland & Stewart. Quill & Quire triumphed the work as a modern classic, saying Smoke River will "overwhelm you with deep feelings — despair, anger, love, defiance, frustration, yearning, bitterness, pain... [a] searing novel".
Krista is in good company in Hamilton, which has quietly been attracting writers and artists of all stripes from across the province to its historical core for many years, creating a vibrant arts community in the southwestern Ontario city.
Read on to hear from Krista about the literary life of Hamilton.
Submitted by Open Book on May 22, 2014 - 12:19pm
What better way to celebrate the spring thaw than to stock up on great Ontario books for reading on beaches, in parks, at cottages and anywhere else your heart desires?
Open Book and the Trillium Book Awards want to help you do just that! Enter our contest for a chance to win a full set of the English language finalists for the 2014 Trillium Book Awards.