OLA Releases 2015 Forest of Reading Nominees

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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

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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

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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

Victoria Book Prize 2014 Finalists Announced

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The Victoria Book Prize society announced the 2014 nominations for the City of Victoria Bulter Book Prize and the Bolen Books Children's Book Prize on September 17th. Two independent juries selected the finalists, looking for the best books by Greater Victoria authors from the past year.

Many of our publishers and their authors were selected as finalists for both awards this year. Congratulations to:

Brick Books for The Lost Letters by Catherine Greenwood (Butler Prize)

Coteau Books for Every Happy Family by Dede Crane (Butler Prize) and Day of the Cyclone by Penny Draper (Children's Book Prize)

Biblioasis & ECW Press Both Celebrate 2014 Giller Prize Longlist Nominees

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The Scotiabank Giller Prize celebrated its 21st year by announcing its longlist at McGill University, alma mater of the Prize's founder Jack Rabinovitch, on September 16th. Over 160 titles were submitted from over 60 publishers nationwide and this year's jury of Shauna Singh Baldwin, Justin Cartwright, and Francine Prose, narrowed it down to a longlist of 12 titles.

Of those 12 titles, a quarter come from our very own member publishers. Congratulations to Biblioasis and ECW Press on their nominations.

Biblioasis author Kathy Page was nominated for her short story collection, Paradise and Elsewhere, and

Theytus Books Authors Honoured at the Ontario Premier’s Awards

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The Ontario Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts were handed out on September 16th at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. The Awards were created by the Government of Ontario in 2006 and are given out annually to individual artists as well as arts organizations that make significant contributions to the arts in Ontario. The Ontario Arts Council selects a jury to evaluate the candidates and select a winner each year.

Congratulations to Theytus Books on having two of its authors recognized this year:

Lee Maracle, author of many books including her first poetry collection Bent Box, received the Individual Artists Award, and

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.