25th Trillium Award


Canada Writes announces Finalists for the CBC Short Story Prize

From our friends at Canada Writes

Canada Writes, the CBC's online home for original writing and part of CBC Books, with its partners the Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada's enRoute magazine and The Banff Centre, announced today the finalists for the 2014 CBC Short Story Prize. The English texts were selected from over 3,200 stories that were received from across the country.

The 5 English-language finalists are:

Jane Eaton Hamilton (Vancouver, BC) for "Smiley"
Alix Hawley (Kelowna, BC) for "Jumbo"
Laura Legge (Toronto, ON) for "Tukisiviit?"
Trent Lewin (Waterloo, ON) for "Saad Steps Out"

RBC Taylor Prize Interview Series: Thomas King

Thomas King's latest book, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada) is both personal and historical, hinging on the question of what it means to be "Indian" in North America. Just weeks ago, the book was awarded the prestigious BC National Non-Fiction Prize, after scooping nominations for the Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Nonfiction prize and the Trillium Award.

RBC Taylor Prize Interview Series: J.B. MacKinnon

When J.B. MacKinnon realised that the grassland where he grew up was not the unsullied wilderness he'd always considered it to be, the spark for The Once and Future World: Nature as It Was, as It Is, and as It Could Be (Random House Canada) was born. As he began to consider the long processes outdoor spaces undergo, from the disappearance of wild species to the introduction of domesticated ones, J.B.'s passion for "re-wilding" was born.

One-Woman Play Scoops Kobzar Literary Award

The Kozbar Literary Award, celebrating excellence in writing on Ukrainian Canadian themes, was awarded last night (March 5) to playwright Diane Flacks in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba, which premiered at the Berkeley Street Theatre in 2012.

RBC Taylor Prize Interview Series: David Stouck

Controversial, revolutionary, brilliant — it's easy to see how architect Arthur Erickson became an irresistible subject for biography. Author David Stouck's Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life (Douglas & McIntyre) tackles both the work and life of the man who brought Canadian architecture to the world stage. A larger-than-life figure who counted the likes of Pierre Trudeau and Elizabeth Taylor as friends, the heights of Erickson's achievements were matched only by the depths of his troubled times. He eventually died penniless despite having created the initial drawings for building as prominent as Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall and Vancouver's Simon Fraser University.

The Orenda Crowned 2014 CBC Canada Reads Champion!

Though there was little surprise when broadcaster Wab Kinew shepherded Joseph Boyden's The Orenda (Hamish Hamilton Canada) to a win at the 2014 edition of CBC Canada Reads this morning, there was much enjoyment in the process for fans and panellists alike, and a final vote against a dark horse competitor that did inject a jolt of last-minute tension.

Heavily favoured from the beginning, The Orenda is Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Boyden's magnum opus, following the lives of three characters in the 17th century as they cross paths through violence, colonisation and the search for meaning.

RBC Taylor Prize Interview Series: Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith's The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan (Knopf Canada) arrived on the literary scene like a juggernaut, scooping nominations for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction (which it subsequently won), BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, The Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing and, now, the RBC Taylor Prize.

Amazon.ca First Novel Award Shortlist Announced!

The five finalists for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award have been announced! The prize is awarded to the best Canadian novel of the previous year published by an author who has never written a novel before (he or she may however have written non-fiction, poetry, short story collections or other genres).

This year's list contains the 2013 Knopf New Face of Fiction author, Kenneth Bonert (the NFOF programme has historical fared well, with frequent appearances on the Amazon.ca First Novel Award list), as well as veteran writer Wayne Grady, who has authored fourteen works of non-fiction before publishing his novel, Emancipation Day.

Profile of Michael Dennis, poet and blogger

By rob mclennan

CBC Canada Reads 2014 - The Halfway Mark!

Spoilers ahead for CBC Canada Reads!

Three books still standing — after two days of intense discussion, spoken word poetry as debate and surprising votes, two books have been ousted from the 2014 CBC Canada Reads competition.

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