Submitted by Open Book on September 18, 2015 - 2:26pm
This week, non-fiction lovers got a great fall reading in list in the form of the 2015 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction shortlist.
Finalists were selected by a three-member jury composed of author and journalist Stevie Cameron, novelist and nonfiction writer Will Ferguson and writer and broadcaster JJ Lee, who was a Weston Prize finalist in 2012. 97 titles were submitted by 51 publishers for the 2015 prize.
The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction 2015 shortlist:
Submitted by Open Book on September 16, 2015 - 12:43pm
Are you an emerging writer, not yet published in book form? Then you won't want to miss the chance to submit to The Humber Literary Review's new short fiction contest!
The first place winner of the contest will receive full tuition (value $850) to a workshop with the prestigious Humber School for Writers, as well as a $250 cash prize. The first and second runners-up will receive cash prizes of $250 and $100 respectively. All winning entries will be published in the Spring 2016 print edition of the magazine.
Submitted by Open Book on September 16, 2015 - 11:34am
From September 29 to October 1, 2015, Canada's Walk of Fame festival will bring together talented cultural contributors from music, art, sports, literature, film and more. This year's featured authors are Kevin Sylvester, Jonah Keri and James Grainger.
The six year old festival features everything from athlete autograph sessions to silent films accompanied by a live pianist. This year, food trucks will be stationed at Yonge Dundas Square for hungry festival goers.
Submitted by Open Book on September 15, 2015 - 3:41pm
Some book and story titles just stick in our minds, either for their oddness, their humour or simply the connection we feel to them before we've even picked up the book. But how do authors arrive at their titles, and what makes a title effective? We're excited to launch our newest ongoing interview series, The Entitled Interview to talk all things title with talented Canadian writers.
Best of all, we've got Scotiabank Giller Prize nominated Anakana Schofield here as our very first Entitled Series author! With her evocatively titled new novel, Martin John (Biblioasis), she's the perfect author to get us started talking titles.
Submitted by kate on September 10, 2015 - 9:50am
By rob mclennan
I’m amazed at how long I’ve been doing this (months away from half my life). Sure, it feels like more than a single decade, but it certainly doesn’t feel like more than two. We recently celebrated twenty-two years of above/ground press at Ottawa’s Raw Sugar Café, as Amanda Earl, Hugh Thomas and Ashley-Elizabeth Best launched brand-new chapbook titles, and I wasn’t sure what to say, without repeating myself from prior celebrations.
Submitted by Open Book on September 9, 2015 - 12:36pm
The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced a new, one-time program celebrating emerging writers. "Five x Five" sees five established writers, all of whom are past Writers' Trust award honourees, select five emerging Canadian writers of fiction or poetry who they believe have strong potential to enter Canada's literary canon. Along with the recognition from some of Canada's most beloved authors, the "Five x Five" recipients will share a $25,000 prize.
The "Five x Five" Recipients:
Linda Besner, selected by Ken Babstock
Megan Gail Coles, selected by Michael Crummey
Submitted by Open Book on September 9, 2015 - 12:31pm
The annual $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize is still the granddaddy of literary prizes in Canada, and its longlist is eagerly awaited by publishing insiders and book lovers alike each year. This year's list is a mix of small press surprises, early favourites and heavy hitters. There are titles like Undermajordomo Minor from Oregon-based Patrick deWitt, tapped as a prize favourite before it was even published, while André Alexis's quirky fable-like novel Fifteen Dogs comes in as a dark horse.
Submitted by Open Book on September 3, 2015 - 10:50am
Newfoundland occupies a unique space in the Canadian and literary imagination. The province consistently turns out more than its fair share of talented and award-winning writers (including the likes of Lisa Moore, Michael and Kathleen Winter, and Michael Crummey), and its tough climate combines with its welcoming culture to create a place that is like no other.
Submitted by Open Book on September 3, 2015 - 10:32am
Renowned artist Mark Raynes Roberts is set to illuminate Canadian authors in three venue exhibitions this October: the Gardiner Museum, International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Reference Library.
At the Gardiner Museum, Raynes Roberts will present 12 new engraved crystal pieces. ILLUMINATION: Portraits of Canadian Literature communicates narrative passages based upon the theme of light, taken from 12 literary works by Canadian authors and selected by the Writers' Trust Advisory Board.
Submitted by Open Book on September 2, 2015 - 1:46pm
Do you know a talented young writer attending elementary or high school in Ontario? If so, don't let them miss out on this year's Write Across Ontario contest!
Presented by IFOA Ontario and Open Book: Ontario, the 5th annual Write Across Ontario contest is a creative writing competition for students in grades 5-12. Story starters are provided for each age category, and students are then free to let their imaginations take them in any direction.
This year's story starters are provided by an amazing line up of acclaimed authors:
Kate Cayley for grades 5–6
Farzana Doctor for grades 7–8
Matt Lennox for grades 9–10
James Grainger for grades 11–12