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.
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.
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:
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
In early March the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council revealed the shortlist for the 2013 BMO Winterset Award, which celebrates books by Newfoundland and Labrador authors published in the last year that display excellence in writing. The finalists were chosen by Ruth Lawrence and Agnes Walsh, this year's jury.
Our congratulations go out to Goose Lane Editions and Carmelita McGrath for Escape Velocity, the long-awaited follow-up collection after the Atlantic Poetry Prize-winning To the New World.
The winner will be announced at Government House in St. John's on March 20th. The finalists will read and answer questions at a public reception on March 19th at The Rooms. To see a full list of this year's nominees and to learn more about this award visit the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council website.
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.