2014 Vancouver Book Award Finalists Announced

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The City of Vancouver recently announced the finalists for the 2014 Vancouver Book Awards. Titles selected came from a wide variety of genres but each displayed a unique view of the city of Vancouver. This is the twenty-sixth year the award will be given out to a title that highlights Vancouver as a character, or showcases its culture and/or history.

Congratulations to two of our members who received three nominations:

Arsenal Pulp Press for Anatomy of a Girl Gang by Ashley Little and Artificial Cherry by Billeh Nickerson

Nightwood Editions for How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? by Doretta Lau

All Lit Up: Quirky, Curious, and Cultural Canadian Literature

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We know the way in which our nation’s freshest, edgiest creative voices go from their page to your bookshelves has changed a lot over the last decade. Your beloved indie bookstore may have closed, you may be in a remote location without bricks and mortar options, and it’s tough to sort through everything on offer online to find the best books for you by homegrown authors.

LPG asked readers how they found out about and got their hands on new, local poetry. The response included a keen interest in a dedicated online resource for Canadian literature. 

Please meet All Lit Up, the LPG’s response to readers’ requests, and the new hub of literary publishing in Canada!

The Wondrous Woo Nominated for a 2014 Toronto Book Award

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The Toronto Book Awards Committee announced the 2014 finalists recently. Congratulations to LPG member Inanna Publications on the nomination for Carrianne Leung's novel, The Wondrous Woo.

The Toronto Book Awards were created in 1974 to celebrate great works of literature that evoked Toronto. Previous winners include Glen Downie for Loyalty Management (Wolsak & Wynn) and Camilla Gibb for Mouthing the Words (Pedlar Press).

2014 Lambda Literary Award Winners Announced

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The winners of the 26th annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced at a gala event in New York City on June 2nd following BookExpo America. Twenty-five awards were handed out in twenty-four various categories, all celebrating the best in LGBT literature from the past year.

Our congratulations go out to two LPG members who had authors take home a prize:

TSAR Publications for Wanting in Arabic by Trish Salah, which won the Transgender Fiction Award, and

Talonbooks for Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard, which won the LGBT Drama Award.

A full list of the winners and honorees can be found on the Lambda Literary webite.

2014 Trillium Book Award Nominations Announced

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Established by the Ontario government in 1987 to recognize literature created by Ontarians in any genre, the Trillium Book Awards continue to showcase the diversity and excellence of local writers and writing. The Ontario Media Development Corporation announced the 2014 nominations for both the English and French awards on May 21st. This is also the second year that both an English and French award is given to a work of poetry.

We'd like to congratulate our members who received nominations this year:

Guernica Editions for Austin Clarke's Where the Sun Shines Best (English Poetry)

2013 Manitoba Book Award Winners Announced

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The winners of the annual Manitoba Book Awards were announced at a gala event on April 27th at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg. Presented by the Manitoba Writers' Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers, thirteen awards were given out to the province's best.

Our congratulations to go out to our members who came away winners:

Seraphim Editions and Laurelyn Whitt for Tether, which won the Landsowne Prize for Poetry

NeWest Press and Rosie Chard for The Insistent Garden, which won the Margaret Laurence Prize for Fiction

Turnstone Press and Chadwick Ginther for Thunder Road, which won the Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction

2014 Saskatchewan Book Award Winners Revealed

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The 2014 Saskatchewan Book Award winners were revealed at a gala event at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina on April 26th. Since 1993 the Saskatchewan Book Awards have been recognizing excellence in writing and publishing within the province.

Our congratulations go out to several of our members and their authors:

Coteau Books and List Bird-Wilson for Just Pretending, which won the University of Regina Book of the Year Award, SaskPower Fiction Award,  Rasmussen, Rasmussen & Charowsky Aboriginal Peoples' Writing Award, and the First Nations University of Canada Aboriginal Peoples' Publishing Award.

Hagios Press and Paul Wilson for The Invisible Library, which won the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award.

George Murray Selected to be New Poet Laureate of St. John's

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It was recently announced that for the next four years George Murray will serve as the third poet laureate to the city of St. John's, Newfoundland.

He's previously published six poetry collections, including two with LPG member ECW Press -- Whiteout and Glimpse: Selected Aphorisms. This spring saw the publication of his first children's picture book, Wow Wow and Haw Haw, published by LPG member Breakwater Books with artwork by Michael Pittman.

We look forward to hearing George read at our National Poetry Month Showcase in St. John's on April 22nd at The Ship Pub in St. John's.

League of Canadian Poets Announces 2014 Awards Shortlists

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April is National Poetry Mont (in case you missed that news!) and with it comes the announcement of the shortlists for some of the top poetry awards in the country. The League of Canadian Poets recently announced the shortlists for the 2014 Raymond Souster, Gerald Lampert, and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards.

Our congratulations go out to many of our members and their poets:

Biblioasis for Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway by Alexandra Oliver (Pat Lowther Memorial Award)

BookThug for Light Light by Julie Joosten (Gerald Lampert Memorial Award)

Gaspereau Press for Brilliant Falls by John Terpstra (Raymond Souster Award)

2014 BC Book Prizes Finalists Announced

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The West Coast Book Prize Society announced the nominees for this year's BC Book Prizes on March 12th. Spread out over seven awards, the BC Book Prizes highlight the best of BC books, published over the last year.

Several of our LPG member publishers walked away with nominations for this year's awards:

Anvil Press for Everything Rustles by Jane Silcott for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize; Wood by Jennica Harper for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize; and This Day in Vancouver by Jesse Donaldson for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award