Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16


Rosemary Sullivan wins the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize to sweep the year for Non-Fiction!

It was one of the toughest literary prizes in recent years to predict, with a shortlist that boasted some of the most impressive names in Canadian non-fiction. The 2016 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction jury, made up of Susanne Boyce, Joseph Kertes and Stephen J. Toope, managed a difficult task, selecting from five excellent contenders to award the prize to Rosemary Sullivan for Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (Harpercollins Canada).

Winnipeg author Maurice Mierau wins 2016 Kobzar Literary Award

In announcing the 2016 The Kobzar Literary Award, jury members Karen Connelly, Tamas Dobozy and Shandi Mitchell said they were “inspired by the many literary works, histories, life stories, and documentaries that were entered for the prize and grateful for the insights they offered into a cultural and historical tradition that were not necessarily our own.”

Special Feature: Pedlar Press' Beth Follett Speaks with Author and Filmmaker Anne Golden

Anne Golden is a writer, filmmaker, teacher and independent curator. Her upcoming book, From the Archives of Vidéo Populaire (Pedlar Press), is a fictional oral history that showcases the experiences of the four founders of a video production centre. The book is a continuation of, and companion to, a video of the same name Anne made as part of her Master's degree.

Today, Open Book is pleased to host a conversation between Anne and Pedlar Press director Beth Follett, who speaks to Anne about the journey from film to book, looking for images that come from another time and hoping to never fully understand a certain character.

Special Feature: The 2016 RBC Taylor Prize Nominees on Writing Non-Fiction

With one of the most exciting non-fiction shortlists in recent years, the 2016 list of finalists for the RBC Taylor Prize for Non-fiction is an embarrassment of riches in the realm of Canadian non-fiction. Memoirs, history and biography all feature, representing some of the most acclaimed writers in the entire country.

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Shortlist for the Kobzar Literary Award

The Ukrainian community in Canada, estimated to include more than 1 million people, has contributed to all facets of Canadian society, and The Kobzar Literary Award exists to celebrates narratives that address Ukrainian-Canadian themes. Canada is home to the third largest Ukrainian community in the world after Russia and Ukraine itself, and this celebration is a relevant and positive way of shining a light on a vibrant Canadian community.

The $25,000 award has been presented biennially by the Shevchenko Foundation since 2003. This year, the award will be presented at a gala dinner in Toronto on March 2. All five of the nominated authors will attend the event.

Call for Submissions: The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation and the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story announce new Youth Award

A partnership between The Arts and Letters Club Foundation and the Alice Munro Short Story Festival has created a new prize for emerging writers in the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation, an organization established in 2014 to support youth in the arts, is sponsoring a $500 award for writers aged 20–30 from Toronto and the surrounding municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York.

Koffler Centre for the Arts launches Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature

Readers have long enjoyed the fantastic works of numerous talented Jewish Canadian authors, a tradition that includes icons like Mordecai Richler, Matt Cohen, Helen Weinzweig and many more. In order to honour that legacy and reward excellence in contemporary Jewish Literature, the Koffler Centre of the Arts has just announced the Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature.

Canadian Authors Celebrate Their Favourite Banned Books for Freedom to Read Week!

Every year in Canada, books and magazines are challenged, restricted and turned away at the border. Without a vigorous, ongoing defence, both here and around the world, censorship will continue to erode our intellectual freedom. So we are celebrating one of our favourite literary events of the year, Freedom to Read Week, and speaking out against censorship. This year, we've asked some of our favourite authors and book lovers to talk about books that have been challenged and which they have loved, and to explain why these titles, and other challenged books, are essential to our literary and intellectual landscape.

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