Trillium Book Award Author Readings June 16

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Smoky Garden Songs - a playlist for writing

So much of writing is creating the right mood, the right place. Do you need absolute silence? Do you like a bustling coffee shop?

Well, I asked Damian Rogers, whose recent book of poetry Dear Leader blew me away with its emotional truth and resonance (not to mention, it's been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award), and who also has excellent taste in music, if she would create a playlist for writing.

Thus Smoky Garden Songs were born.

This is music that will transport you. Either you will write up a storm or you will be kickstarted into living a more poetic life. Then you can write about that. 

Debut Poet Liz Howard and American Norman Dubie Awarded the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prizes

Last night in Toronto, American poet Norman Dubie and Canadian — and debut — poet Liz Howard were awarded the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prizes.

Dubie won the International Prize for his collection The Quotations of Bone (Copper Canyon Press), his 29th book of poetry, which has been praised for its "intense moral force".

Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart) is Howard's first collection. It has been called "gorgeously heretical" and was awarded the Canadian Prize.

Special Feature! Talking About Poetry with the Griffin Prize Finalists

The Griffin Poetry Prize is a career-making honour, and has built itself into one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, honouring the best in both Canadian and international poetry for 15 years. Past winners and nominees include icons like Anne Carson, Paul Muldoon, and P.K. Page.

2016 Trillium Award Shortlists Feature Strong Indie Press Presence

Today the Ontario Media Development Corporation announced the nominees for the Trillium Book Award and the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

This year, the lists feature a strong showing from independent presses, including House of Anansi, Invisible Publishing, Biblioasis, Tightrope Books, Pedlar Press, and Coach House Books.

Several debuts made the list as well, including Open Book's own Kevin Hardcastle, shortlisted for his debut short story collection, Debris. Read on for the full 2016 shortlists!

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Lynn Crosbie for Where Did You Sleep Last Night, House of Anansi Press
  • Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children?s Book Award Shortlists Announced

    Anyone who is worried that young people are becoming less interested in books needs only to look to the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children?s Book Awards. Not only do the awards celebrate the great writing for young people happening in Canada, but they are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books. This year, students at Scarborough Village Alternative Public School in Toronto will select the winning titles. Five students in grades 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children?s Picture Book Award, while five students in grades 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult/Middle Reader Award.

    Writers' Trust announces RBC Bronwen Wallace Shortlist

    Since 1994, the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers has been identifying, rewarding, and encouraging Canada's best up and coming poets and prose writers.

    Dedicated to discovering bright new writers (who must be unpublished in book form and under the age of 35), the prize has been awarded to now-household names like Yann Martel, Michael Crummey, and Jeramy Dodds.

    Today the Writers? Trust of Canada announced their 2016 finalists. The winner will be announced June 8. The winner will receive $5,000, and the remaining finalists will receive $1,000.

    Contest! Wolsak & Wynn wants to know the best and worst names for Characters!

    Susan Perly, author of Death Valley is running a unique contest through the blog of her publisher, Wolsak and Wynn.

    After explaining the process she went through naming her characters in Death Valley, Susan asks readers to share their picks for the best (or worst) character name they've come across.

    You can enter via the comment section on Susan's blog post, and if you win, you'll receive a signed copy of Death Valley.

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