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


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


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


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

Escape Velocity Shortlisted for the 2013 BMO Winterset 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 Lambda Literary Award Finalists Revealed


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.

Caitlin Press and Andrea Routley for Jane and the Whales, in the LGBT Debut Fiction category.

Luba, Simply, Luba Wins the 2014 Kobzar Literary Award


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.

Juanita Wildrose Nominated for the Amazon First Novel Award

JuanitaWildrose.jpg 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.

Congratulations to Pedlar Press and Susan Downe on the nomination of Juanita Wildrose: My True Life Story.

2014 Saskatchewan Book Award Shortlists Announced


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:

Anvil Press for Unus Mundus by Mari-Lou Rowley

Caitlin Press for Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter-Ripley by Adam Pottle

Coach House Books for In Love with Art: Francoise Mouly's Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman by Jeet Heer

2014 Alberta Readers' Choice Award Top 10 Finalists Revealed


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:

Brindle & Glass

Pilgrimage by Diana Davidson

The Unfinished Child by Theresa Shea

Freehand Books

Ontario Library Association's Super Conference 2014


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.