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OLA Releases 2015 Forest of Reading Nominees


The Ontario Library Association has released the 2015 nominees for its eight reading programs as part of the Forest of Reading. The largest recreational reading program in Canada, the Forest of Reading encourages people of all ages to become booklovers. Readers can participate through their school, public library, or even on their own.

Two LPG members had titles nominated this year. Our congratulations to:

Coteau Books & Jacqueline Guest for The Comic Book War, part of the Red Maple program for grades 7 - 8

ECW Press & Evan Munday for Dial "M" for Morna, book two of the Dead Kid Detective Agency series, part of the Silver Birch program for grades 3 - 6

Quebec Writers' Federation Reveals 2014 QWF Awards Shortlist


The fall literary awards season continues as the Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) revealed the shortlist for their 2014 awards. Celebrating the best in English-language writing coming out of Quebec, these awards are given out every year in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children's & Young Adult Literature.

Congratulations to our member publishers who came away with nominations:

Anvil Press & Jon Paul Fiorentino for I'm Not Scared of You or Anything for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

BookThug & Angela Carr for Here in There for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

The 2014 Governor General's Literary Awards Shortlists Announced


The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the shortlists for the 2014 Governor General's Literary Awards, Canada's national literary awards. Each year the GG's honour the best in Canadian writing, in both English and French, in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Children's Text and Children's Illustration, as well as Translation.

This year we are pleased to congratulate eight of our member publishers on receiving nominations:

Arsenal Pulp Press & Raziel Reid for When Everything Feels like the Movies in the children's literature (text) category

BookThug & Julie Joosten for Light Light in the poetry category