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October 17, 2013

Grant Lawrence Book Tour

In celebration of his forthcoming title The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, 2011 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award winner Grant Lawrence will embark on a cross-country book tour. Book launch events will take place in over 25 communities across Canada, all of which will include stories from the new book, a slide presentation, a short film, Q+A, book signing, and live musical performances from special guests in select cities. Chronicling Lawrence’s love/hate relationship with Canada’s national winter sport,The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie will be released by Douglas and McIntyre on October 24. Book launch events will be held in the following BC cities:

  • Vancouver - Thursday, October 24, BC Sports Hall of Fame, 7pm-9pm, with musical appearance by Bodhi Jones
  • Victoria - Friday, October 25, Copper Owl, 7pm
  • Tofino - Saturday, October 26, Community Theatre, 7pm
  • Courtenay - Sunday, October 27, Courtenay Public Library, 3pm
  • Campbell River - Monday, October 28, Java Shack, 7pm
  • Nanaimo - Tuesday, October 29, Nanaimo Public Library, 6pm
  • Parksville - Wednesday, October 30, Lefty’s Restaurant, 6pm
  • Sechelt - Thursday, November 7, Arts Centre, 7pm
  • Powell River - Friday, November 8, venue tba, 7pm
  • Prince George - Thursday, November 14, Public Library, 6pm
  • Fraser Lake - Friday, November 15, Public Library, 1pm
  • Fort St. James - Friday, November 15, Public Library, 7pm
  • McBride - Saturday, November 16, Public Library, 2pm
  • Valemount - Saturday, November 17, Public Library, 7pm
  • Cranbrook - Tuesday, December 11, Public Library
  • Kimberley - Wednesday, December 12, tba
  • Fernie - Thursday, December 12, Public Library

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October 08, 2013

Sarah de Leeuw to Appear at The Vancouver Writers Fest

Sarah de Leeuw, recipient of the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for Geographies of a Lover, will join Ontario novelist L. Marie Adeline (aka Lisa Gabriele) for Sizzle (Event 43) at The Vancouver Writers Festival. The event, which takes place at 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 24, pairs two writers whose work has explored enticing and emotionally powerful sexual scenarios from a women’s perspective. Tickets are $19 each and are available for purchase online.

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October 07, 2013

Shortlists Announced for Governor General’s Literary Awards and City of Vancouver Book Award

Former BC Book Prize winner and finalists have been shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Literary Awards and City of Vancouver Book Award. Julie Morstad, illustrator of the 2012 Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize winning book When I Was Small, has been shortlisted for the Children’s Literature: Illustrations category of the GG Awards for her latest book How To. Sandra Djwa is a finalist for the Non-fiction category for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, which was also shortlisted for the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. Additionally, 2013 Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award finalist book Exploring Vancouver by Harold Kalman and Robin Ward has been shortlisted for the Vancouver Book Award. Winners of the GG Awards will be announced on November 13, while the winner of the Vancouver Book Award will be revealed on November 22.

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September 20, 2013

Rachel Hartman Wins 2013 Sunburst Award

On September 18 the Sunburst Award Committee announced Rachel Hartman as the recipient of the 2013 Young Adult Sunburst Award for her novel Seraphina. Rachel was also a finalist for the 2013 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize.

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September 17, 2013

Sarah Ellis Presents “Bringing Your Whole Self to the Story”

Sarah Ellis, recipient of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, presents “Bringing Your Whole Self to the Story” at the Writers’ Roundtable on Bainbridge Island tonight (September 17). Sarah will discuss her own writing process and what goes into a piece of fiction. Held at the Bainbridge Public Library at 7 pm, the roundtable is free and open to writers of all skill levels. No registration is required.

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September 12, 2013

Jackson Davies to Co-Host Laughs on Tap

Jackson Davies will co-host Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Laughs on Tap tonight (Thursday, September 12) at The Improv Centre. Laughs on Tap will feature a silent auction, beer from Granville Island Brewing, canapés, and an improv comedy show. All proceeds go towards Vancouver TheatreSport League’s education and youth programs. Tickets are $40 per person and are available online.

Jackson was shortlisted for the 2013 Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award.

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September 11, 2013

Susin Nielsen and Polly Horvath Shortlisted for TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Former BC Book Prize finalists Susin Nielsen and Polly Harvath have both been shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Susin is shortlisted for The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, which was also a finalist for the 2013 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, and Polly is shortlisted for One Year in Coal Harbour. The winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award will receive $30,000 during the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards gala ceremonies being held in Toronto on October 22, 2013. Young readers will also have a chance to vote for their favourite book from the list of finalists, awarding the first ever TD Canadian Children’s Literature Fan Choice Award.

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July 31, 2013

Carol Shaben Wins Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Carol Shaben, who was shortlisted for the 2013 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, has won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for Into the Abyss: How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop. The prize is given out by Wilfrid Laurier University to authors penning their first or second book “with a Canadian locale and/or significance.” The winner is chosen based on the author’s use of “first-hand research, well-crafted interpretive writing and creative use of language or approach to the subject matter.”

Carol will receive the award, along with the $10,000 cash prize, on November 13 in Waterloo. Find more details here.

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July 08, 2013

Talk and Book Signing with Anakana Schofield

2013 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize finalist Anakana Schofield joins Jeet Thayil and fellow finalists Anosh Irani (2007) and Michael Turner (2010) on Thursday, July 11 at the Indian Summer Festival for “Urban Underbelly,” a discussion on urban subcultures. The event will include a talk, Q&A session, and book signing. Ticket information and more details available at indiansummerfestival.ca.

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June 27, 2013

Moira Young Wins French Literature Award

Moira Young, recipient of the 2012 Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, has won France’s largest and most prestigious children’s literature prize for Blood Red Road. Young received Le Prix des Incorruptibles 2012/2013 at a ceremony in Paris. Over 300,000 young readers from schools throughout France read and voted for the winning titles in each category for this prize.

“A children’s book prize that is voted for by children is particularly special,” says Young. “I’m honoured that my first book was selected for such a unique and prestigious school reading programme. And I’m grateful that, through it, I had my first opportunity to connect with young readers who have read my book in translation. I enjoyed the experience immensely and now have a most welcome sense of being connected to a whole new group of readers.”

View the full Bath Chronicle article here.

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