Brainstorm places to visit that aren't currently under winter's icy grip by picking up a travel book! If you do really love winter, our publishers also have some great travel books about different areas of Canada.
2014 marks the 26th edition of the annual Lambda Literary Awards which, across 24 award categories, highlights excellence in LGBT literature published over the previous year. Given out each year by the US-based Lambda Literary Foundation, this year has 12 Canadians among the finalists.
Our congratulations go out to our member publishers and their authors that have received nominations:
TSAR Publications and Trish Salah for Wanting in Arabic, in the Transgender Fiction category.
Congratulations to Shillingford Publishing, author Diane Flacks, and collaborators Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy on winning the 2014 Kobzar Literary Award for the play Luba, Simply, Luba. The Kobzar Literary Award is given to excellent works of literature that speak to the Ukrainian Canadian experience.
Amazon.ca announced the nominees for their 2013 First Novel Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievement of a first time Canadian writer. The five nominees were selected by Stuart Woods, editor of Quill & Quire magazine and head judge of the prize. This year's judges, who will be selecting the final winner, include Kamal Al-Solaylee, Angie Abdou, and Brian Francis.
Since 1993 the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, Saskatchewan Publishers Group, and the Saskachewan Library Association have been presenting awards annually to the best of the best within the Saskatchewan literary community. They recently announced the shortlists for the 14 awards being presented this year, recognizing authors, illustrators, and publishers.
We'd like to congratulate our following members on receiving nominations:
The Edmonton Public Library recently revealed the top 10 books for the 2014 Alberta Edmonton Readers' Choice Award. This is the fifth year the award will be presented to the best work of fiction or narrative non-fiction written by an Alberta author. Librarians from across the province have whittled down the submitted titles to the top 10 longlist. The top 10 now goes to a jury who will select a top 5 shortlist, which will be revealed in April for the public to vote on a winner.
Three LPG member publishers have a total of five books in the top 10 so many congratulations to them:
The Literary Press Group will once again be hosting a booth at the largest conference for librarians in Canada, the Ontario Library Association's Super Conference on January 30 and 31 at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto. We'll be there with a fantastic selection of books from many of our member publishers, including NeWest Press, Invisible Publishing, and Brick Books.
We also have a stellar line-up of authors who will be signing copies of their books at our booth (#332):
Catherine Egan -- author of The Unmaking and Shade and Sorceress, a young adult fantasy series published by Coteau Books - will be signing at 11:45 am on Jan 30.
This year's Quebec Writers' Federation (QWF) Literary Awards were announced at a gala event in Montreal on November 19th; an opportunity that also gave revellers a chance to celebrate the federation itself as this year marks its 15th anniversary.
The QWF awards serve to recognize the best works published by Quebec writers in English. This year several of our members received nominations and three came away winners.
The Canada Council for the Arts announced the 14 winners, both French and English, of the 2013 Governor General's Literary Awards on November 13th in Toronto. While this year's awards had a little more international flavour with Eleanor Catton winning the Fiction award for The Luminaries, members of the LPG came away with three awards!
Congratulations to Coach House Books for winning their first ever Governor General's Award, in the drama category, for Fault Lines by Nicholas Billon, which takes a dramatic look at climate change.
J. Gordon Shillingford came away with the poetry prize for Katherena Vermette's collection, North End Love Songs, of beautifully spare and minimalist language.
The Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador recently revealed the nominees for this year's Heritage and History Award. This year, awards are being given out to a work of non-fiction and a work of poetry that best interpret the history and heritage of the province.
Congratulations to Creative Book Publishing and George Gregoire for Walk With My Shadow: The Life of an Innu Man. In the voice of a genuine storyteller, Gregoire gives us a glimpse into Innu society and culture, from his earliest childhood memories to his experiences as a hunter.
The shortlists for the 20th annual Hamilton Literary Awards have been announced, recognizing the great works of local literary figures. This year there is a new award, the Kerry Schooley Book Award, which will be given to the book most evocative of the city of Hamilton/surrounding area. This is in addition to awards for the best in fiction and non-fiction.
Congratulations to three of our members who received nominations:
Wolsak & Wynn for Hamilton Illustratedby David Collier for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Non-Fiction,
ECW Press for Come Back by Sky Gilbert for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Fiction, and
Seraphim Editions for A Private Man by Chris Laing for the Kerry Schooley Award.