Member news is a regular website feature designed to tell the world about our members' outstanding and wide-ranging skills and talents.
Nancy Ackerman, Toronto branch, has just completed editing the second World Bank publication Women, Business and the Law 2014 Report, launched September 24 in London, Ontario. The report, which highlights the importance of gender equality, may be obtained on the World Bank website.
Prairie Provinces branch member Roberta Laurie has just finished the MA in Environmental Education and Communication (MEEC) program at Royal Roads University. Her PhD thesis, Framing Ethical Oil: Shaping the Canadian Media's Response to the Alberta Oil Sands, has received a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Deborah Lawson, Prairie Provinces branch, released her debut poetry collection, Reckless Toward Blossoming, at launches in Calgary (September 9), Edmonton (September 16) and Toronto (September 29). Reckless Toward Blossoming is one of the 2013 Quartet books published by Calgary-based literary press Frontenac House. More information is available on the publisher's website.
Ruth Chernia, Toronto branch, was a member of the publications committee, production manager and one of 44 contributors to Tracing Our Roots, Telling Our Stories, published by the Jewish Genealogical Society (JGS) of Toronto. The commemorative book celebrates 25 years of the JGS of Toronto, and has been awarded Outstanding Publication by a Member Organization of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS).
Toronto branch member Marnie Lamb has had a short story nominated for this year's Journey Prize. "Mrs. Fujimoto's Wednesday Afternoons" was originally published in issue 91.3 of The Dalhousie Review. The Journey Prize winner will be announced in November. Further details are available on The Journey Prize's Facebook page.
Nova Scotia twig member Virginia McGowan, PhD., has been published by Athabasca University Press. A Metaphoric Mind: Selected Writings of Joseph Couture, edited in partnership with Ruth Couture, was funded in part by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. More information can be found at www.aupress.ca.
Tony Myres, NCR branch, recently won first prize in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction and Essay contest. Read his story, "Searching for Father—A Tale of Repentance, Redemption and Resurrection."
Toronto branch member Kerry Fast recently co-edited a multidisciplinary compilation of essays and creative writing, titled Mothering Mennonite. The book marks the first scholarly attempt to incorporate religious groundings in interpretations of motherhood. Fast is a freelance editor, writer and researcher, and has published both academically and creatively. Her writings have appeared in The Journal of Mennonite Studies and Rhubarb. Published by Demeter Press, Mothering Mennonite can be purchased online at demeterpress.org. There will be a book launch at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg on June 24 at 7:00 p.m., with plans for a second in Toronto this September.
Saskatchewan branch member Don Ward was recently nominated for a Saskatchewan Book Award for his 2012 publication The Weeping Chair. Don is a former recipient of the CBC Literary Awards in the short story category and his winning story, "Badger," is included in this collection of short stories, published by Thistledown Press and available through most e-book retailers.
BC branch member Philip Sherwood has completed work on Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950. The illustrated coffee table book has just been published by the MSA Museum Society; Pioneer Stories is a collection of nearly 200 stories, many told first hand. Philip served as managing editor, overseeing the production team and editing the content. For more news, watch www.msamuseum.ca/news.
The Prairies Provinces branch of the Editor's Association of Canada is hosting the Words in 3 Dimensions conference in partnership with the Get Publishing Communications Society and the Writers Guild of Alberta. Many EAC members will be presenters at the conference, which takes place May 24–26, at the Robbins Health Learning Centre, MacEwan University in Edmonton.
QAC branch member Claire Wilkshire's début novel, Maxine, was released in March by Breakwater Books. Claire, an editor, translator, teacher and writer in St. John's, invites all to attend the book launch at The Company House in Halifax on June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Paul Cipywnyk, BC branch, received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his volunteer work with the Byrne Creek Streamkeepers Society in Burnaby, BC. Paul, who describes himself as "an accidental environmentalist," thanks his parents for teaching him about "the ethic of citizenship as community service."
Kristina Lundberg, Prairie Provinces branch, wrote an entry for EAC's new blog that appeared on the Facebook page of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP). Kristina's piece, "Rising above the plateau: Mid-career PD for editors," was posted on January 22, 2013.
Rosemary Shipton, Toronto branch, edited Solar Dance by Modris Ekstein (Knopf Canada, 2012). With Rosemary's able assistance, the author has won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, valued at $40,000. This book was also short-listed for the Hilary Weston Prize.
BC branch member Susan Chambers has published her first book, Small Business, Big Change: A Microentrepreneur's Guide to Social Responsibility (Night Owls Press, San Francisco). Learn more about the book at www.smallbusinessbigchange.com.
A Geography of Blood, written by Candace Savage and edited by BC branch member Nancy Flight, recently won the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
BC branch member Janet Love Morrison has released her fourth book, Friends, Six Women, Six Cultures, One Humanity (Influence Publishing). The book celebrates multicultural friendships and the belief that when we all rise to be the best we can be—humanity will rise to be the best it can be. www.janetlovemorrison.com
Elizabeth McLachlan, Prairie Provinces branch, has had her book Herbert Has Lots for a Buck, published by NeWest Press. The book describes 12 small Prairie towns that have lost population but are finding ways to renew themselves.
Toronto branch member Carolyn Bishop is pleased to announce the release of her book Meaningless Platter Dudes: Language Transformed on a Platter of Fun, published by Iguana Books. Described as a joyous exploration of fun with language, this book of puns is a must read for those who enjoy a light-hearted and intelligent play on words.
Francine Cloutier, QAC branch, defended her thesis, La rédaction-révision : une activité de communication guidée par le principe communicatif de pertinence, at Université Laval on October 7. Francine's goals were to clarify and better structure the knowledge needed to practice and teach editing, to remove misperceptions about the field, to show that it is a valid subject of scientific research, and to lay the groundwork for further research in this area.
Toronto branch member Sharon A. Crawford reports that her debut collection of mystery short stories, Beyond the Tripping Point, published by Blue Denim Press, comes out in October 2012. The book will be launched on November 4 in Toronto. For more information, visit www.bluedenimpress.com, the author's blog or Facebook.
Joan Dixon, Prairie Provinces branch, has co-edited (with Barb Howard) a book of essays and reflections by 14 writers. Entitled Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge, this Heritage House book was launched on September 27 at the Military Museum in Calgary.
Dr. Peter J. Roccia, Prairie Provinces branch, recently delivered academic papers in Russia and Japan. His topic at the 2012 Global Studies Conference in Moscow was about the dynamics of transferring a comic book originally in left-to-right English to right-to-left Arabic.
Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook, written by Candace Plattor and edited by BC branch member Arlene Prunkl, has just been named the recipient of two 2012 International Book Awards: Winner in the Health: Addiction & Recovery category and Finalist in the Self-Help: Relationships category. Candace Plattor's first book, Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone with an Addiction, also edited by Arlene Prunkl, was the winner or finalist for seven book awards: Winner in the Health: Psychology/Mental Health category, finalist in four additional categories in the 2010 International Book Awards and finalist in two categories in the USA Book News Awards.
Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett will have her story "Ice Break" included in this year's The Journey Prize Stories. For more than 20 years The Journey Prize Stories, published by McClelland & Stewart, has been one of the most prestigious anthologies in the country. One of the 12 writers featured this year will receive the $10,000 Journey Prize, the most significant monetary award given in Canada for a short story or excerpt from a fiction work-in-progress.
Cynthia Dusseault (Prairie Provinces branch) has received the Professional Writers Association of Canada's Larry Jackson Award, which is the equivalent of EAC's Lee D'Anjou Volunteer of the Year Award.
Toronto branch member Diya Lim is the winner of the Prix littéraire Henriette-Major 2011, a literary award for unpublished writers organized by Dominique et compagnie (a children's book publisher in Quebec). Diya's first book is due to be published in fall 2012, as an illustrated chapter book. Furthermore, Diya has recently signed a contract with Les Éditions L'Interligne (a publisher in Ontario) for another children's novel containing two fantasy stories. This second book is due to be published in spring 2013.
Rosemary Shipton, Toronto branch, received a glowing acknowledgement from Richard Gwyn for her editing of his book Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life. Our Times (Random House Canada, 2011). This book won two awards and was shortlisted for two others. Wins: the 2012 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize ($10,000), given annually to the best book on Canada, Canadians and/or Canada's place in the world, and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for the best political writing published in 2011 (worth $25,000). Shortlists: the Writers' Trust Prize for nonfiction and the Governor General's Award for nonfiction. Rosemary notes as well that the first volume of this biography, published in 2007, won the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction. "So," she says, "Richard and I seem to make a good pair!"
BC branch member Darcy Cullen is celebrating the release of her new book, Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text, which brings together leading scholars and experienced professionals from the field of academic editing. Featured editors include Rosemary Shipton, Camilla Blakeley, Darcy Cullen and Amy Einsohn. The paperback will be available June 1 from www.utppublishing.com/Editors-Scholars-and-the-Social-Text.html.
Voyages: To the New World and Beyond, a gorgeous coffee-table book on the history of sailing ships, written and illustrated by Gordon Miller and edited by BC branch members John Eerkes-Medrano and Ruth Wilson, has won the John Lyman Book Award in the category of naval and maritime reference works. Voyages was published by Douglas & McIntyre and the University of Washington Press in 2011. The award is granted annually by the North American Society for Oceanic History.
NCR branch member Gillian Scobie is pleased to announce that Democratizing the Constitution: Reforming Responsible Government, a book she stylistically edited and copy edited, has won the 14th annual Donner Prize. Written by Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis and Lori Turnbull, the book explores how Canada's time-honoured system of responsible government is failing us. The Donner Prize honours excellence and innovation in Canadian public policy thinking, writing and research.
Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe, written by Charlotte Gill and edited by BC branch member Nancy Flight, has won the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction among other awards. In addition, Nancy's role as Associate Publisher of Greystone Books has just been expanded to Associate Publisher, D&M (both Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books).
QAC branch member Maryann Hayatian has opened a publishing company called Flower Press. She invites EAC members to submit their manuscripts along with a query letter including details (i.e., title, subject, synopsis and number of pages) to email@example.com. For more information, go to www.flowerpress.ca.
Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter has received a 2012 USBBY Outstanding International Books Award for her contribution to Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan (Annick Press). Written by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter, the book features stunning photos of an Afghanistan we rarely see. The USBBY Outstanding International Books List is published each year by the United States Board on Books for Young People.
Congratulations to Deborah Lawson, Prairie Provinces branch member, who recently signed a contract with Frontenac House, a Calgary-based literary press, for the publication of her first book of poetry titled Voice Lessons. The book will be published in 2013 as one of four volumes in Frontenac's highly regarded Quartet series. Frontenac, which won the Alberta Publisher of the Year award in 2006, is particularly known for giving special attention to developing new and previously unpublished writers.
Dr. Peter J. Roccia, Prairie Provinces branch member, is presenting two academic papers this spring: one at a communications conference in Lille, France, and another at the Canadian Communication Association's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Waterloo, Ontario. Peter is a full-time continuing faculty member at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
Gilles Vilasco (QAC branch) edited the manuscript for a book that will be published by Presses de l'Université du Québec under the title Le Québec APRÈS Bouchard-Taylor – L'identité religieuse de l'immigration. The book, which will be in stores February 15, was published under the direction of Louis Rousseau, Professor of Religious Studies at UQAM. Rousseau also wrote the introduction and conclusion. The book contains eight chapters written by teachers and researchers Mathieu Boisvert, Frederic Castel, Anne Letourneau, Jean-Rene Milot, Louis Rousseau and Raymonde Venditti.
Lynn Coady (Prairie Provinces branch) is the 2011 writer in residence at MacEwan University. Her fourth novel, The Antagonist (House of Anansi Press), earned her a place on the 2011 long list of nominees for the Scotiabank Giller Prize alongside literary heavyweights such as Marina Endicott and Michael Ondaatje.
On October 25, 2011, Grammar Gals, Karen Virag and Virginia Durksen (Prairie Provinces branch), answered grammar questions on CBC Radio's Alberta at Noon program (one of their regular appearances on CBC over the past several years). The Gals and a crowd of 30 or so editors also appeared at the Great Big Grammarfest later that night, at Mount Royal University, Calgary. CBC host Donna McElligott moderated both the show and the evening event.
Kudos to BC branch member Heidi Greco whose manuscript, Shrinking Violets, was co-winner of Quattro Books' annual novella competition. Since the book was released at the end of April 2011, Heidi has presented it at Montreal's Blue Met Festival and at launch events in Toronto and London, ON; Saskatoon, SK; Red Deer, AB; and White Rock, BC.
Congratulations also go to Toronto branch member Susan Hughes. Her book, Case Closed: Nine Mysteries Unlocked by Modern Science, is a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-fiction through the Canadian Children's Book Centre. In addition, her newest non-fiction book for children, Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World, has been published this fall by Owlkids Books.
In June 2011, for the second year in a row, Prairie Provinces branch member Karen Virag received a Golden Leaf Award of Merit for Overall Publication from the Canadian Education Press Association (CEPA), for Just in Time, a newsletter that she writes and edits for the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee of the Alberta Teachers' Association. CEPA represents teacher association presses across Canada. The theme of this award-winning issue was transgender.
Also in June 2011, Karen Virag received an honourable mention in the short article category by the Professional Writers' Association of Canada for "The Naked Truth About Raw," her article about the raw food movement. The article was published in the winter 2010 issue of The Tomato, an Edmonton culinary magazine.
Congratulations go to Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett. One of her short stories, "Ice Break," has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of The Antigonish Review.
QAC branch member Daphne Davey was recently elected national president of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. Among its services, the association offers an instructor certification program, including workshops and exams at the assistant instructor, intermediate instructor, instructor and coach levels. Daphne has been an assistant instructor for 20 years. She has been actively coaching physically challenged, developmentally delayed and autistic children and adults for over 30 years.
Toronto branch member Carolyn Wilker is celebrating the release of her new book, Once Upon a Sandbox. Published by Reflections on the Past, the book is a memoir about life on a family farm in Ontario in the 50s and 60s.
Toronto branch member Peggy Ireland was a judge in the first annual "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees!" international financial literacy contest sponsored by Phat Math, Inc. Peggy is the author of Easy Tax Tips for Canadians.
QAC branch member Carolyne Roy has just completed proofreading two books aimed at college students. Environnement économique and Calcul différentiel, both published by Éditions CEC, will teach students about the workings of economics and differential mathematics.
Kudos to BC branch member Frank Chow, who copy edited The Aquaculture Controversy in Canada: Activism, Policy, and Contested Science by sociologists Nathan Young and Ralph Matthews. The book was recently awarded the 2011 K.D. Srivastava Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Publishing. The prize is given each year by the Publications Board of UBC Press to the author(s) of a work of outstanding scholarly quality published by the Press in the previous year.
A book indexed by Prairie Provinces branch member Judy Dunlop has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta's Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction: Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium by Myrna Kostash (University of Alberta Press). The awards will be announced on June 11 at a gala event in Calgary.
Adrienne Montgomerie, a member of the Kingston twig and an EAC speaker, has been invited to speak at the Thousand Islands Writers' Festival in Brockville, Ontario, on May 7 on "Finding a Good Editor—and Why You Need One." Fellow Kingston twig member Sheelagh Frame will talk about editing in academia. The event is being organized by another Kingston twig member, Chris Stesky.
Congratulations to NCR branch member Suzanne Nussey, who was one of three winners of Event magazine's 2010 Non-Fiction Contest. Her essay, "Sleep, Mother and Child," is featured in the magazine's most recent issue.
Prairie Provinces branch member Marguerite Watson has been shortlisted for the Writers Guild of Alberta's 2011 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize for her essay "Closer to the Bone." Marguerite was also shortlisted for the WGA's James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction in 2010 for an essay entitled "What Grows in the Soil.
Jeff Bursey, QAC branch member, is pleased to announce the release of his first book, Verbatim: A Novel. Published by Enfield & Wizenty, the book is a satirical work set in a fictional Canadian legislature in the 1990s.
Nancy Mackenzie, Prairie Provinces branch member, recently celebrated the release of her third book of poetry titled Communion. The book, published by Ekstasis Editions, explores spiritual and philosophical themes and is available at Edmonton's Greenwoods' Bookshoppe.
Kudos to BC branch member Melva McLean, who has co-written a screenplay with Bonnie Gibson that has been optioned by Britain's Serendipity Films/Create Lab. Called Dragonfly, the screenplay is a "family road trip" film.
Congratulations to Toronto branch member Lily Quan, who was recently awarded a Toronto Arts Council Grant to complete her novel-in-progress, Dreams of the White City. The novel is historical fiction set in 1890s Chicago.
Philip Sherwood, BC Branch member, was the editor of two recently acclaimed books. In the Arms of My Beloved, written by Sandra Crawford, won the 2010 Word Guild Award for Best Independently Published Non-fiction. Susanne Remembers: A Mennonite Childhood in Revolutionary Russia, by Susanne Willms Thielman, won the 2010 Abbotsford Arts Council ARTY Award for Literary Arts.
Kudos to BC branch member Nancy Flight for editing two acclaimed new books: Smiling Bears by Else Poulsen and A Hunter's Confession by David Carpenter. Smiling Bears, an enlightening and moving portrait of bears in all their complexity, was shortlisted for the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. A Hunter's Confession, which tells the story of hunting, recently won the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award. Both books are published by Greystone Books.
Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch member Wendy Helfenbaum, and Montreal author Marijke Vroomen-Durning, recently launched a new international essay anthology, Fits, Starts & Matters of the Heart. The book is a collection of 28 stories demonstrating "the enduring power of relationships to drive, haunt, empower and enrich us." It is available online from Amazon.ca.
Prairie Provinces branch member Roberta Laurie recently edited the non-fiction anthology Christmas Chaos, published by Prairie Dog Publishing. Christmas Chaos features tales of Christmases gone awry from across Canada. After two weeks on McNally Robinson Winnipeg's bestseller list this month, it has now reached the bestseller list at McNally Robinson Saskatoon.
BC branch member Frances Peck recently published an e-book titled Peck's English Pointers. The book takes "a thorough yet entertaining look at some of the most common errors, weaknesses and uncertainties that plague writers of English." It is available online from the Translation Bureau of Canada.
Kudos to National Capital Region branch member Marion Soublière, whose book, Getting Work with the Federal Government: A guide to figuring out the procurement puzzle (Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2010), is now available through Chapters.ca and Amazon.ca. The book shows independent professionals of all stripes how to get contract work with the $20 billion per year federal market.
Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter has won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction for Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, a book she wrote with Priscilla Galloway. Published by Annick Press, the book has been called a "wonderful resource for research and reports" for readers aged 10 and up. The Norma Fleck Award is administered annually by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.
BC branch member Melva McLean recently won The Atlantis Award at the 2010 Moondance International Film Festival, held in Boulder, Colorado, for a screenplay she co-wrote with Bonnie Gibson. The screenplay, titled Dragonfly, is a family film about a young woman who breaks her grandmother, "Nan," out of an old folks' home and takes her on a nostalgic trip to see the opera house where she once sang.
Peter Midgley, Prairie Provinces branch member, has published a collection of poetry, perhaps i should / miskien moet ek. The poems, written in English and Afrikaans, deal with the experiences of immigration, living between borders and languages, and personal loss. Stan Chung writes in his introduction to the collection that "Midgley's slender poems do not trumpet forth in predictable ways; instead, they move sideways across two continents, over decades of time, and through a rhythmic mélange of language." The book can be ordered from the publishers at www.kalwriters.com/kalpress_books.html or directly from Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolyne Roy, Quebec/Atlantic Canada branch member, has just finished proofreading Entre bonheur et liberté – Commentaire sur l'éthique de Bentham, Mill et Kant. Written by Claude Veillette, this comprehensive overview designed for college students is published by Éditions CEC of Montreal.
In June 2010, Prairie Provinces branch member Karen Virag received a Golden Leaf Award of Merit for Overall Publication from the Canadian Education Press Association (CEPA), for Just in Time, a newsletter that she writes and edits for the Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee of the Alberta Teachers' Association. CEPA represents teacher association presses across Canada.
Since last September, QAC branch member Anna Olivier has been giving the Réécriture et révision II course at Université Laval in Quebec City. She will also teach Réécriture et révision (the first part of the same course) during the winter term.
QAC branch member MaryAnn Hayatian recently celebrated the 2010 release of her children's book, Cookie, a cat's tale, published by Lulu Press. Cookie is a cat who likes to play outside, be with his furry friends and hang out with his toy, Mr. Skunk.
Dawn Hunter's (Toronto branch) book, Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, is a finalist for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction through the Canadian Children's Book Centre. It was also a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist.
Sharon Crawford (Toronto branch) has two stories, "Cemetery Circle" and "My Brother's Keeper" in the Gathered Streams anthology published by Hidden Brook Press. An electronic version of Sharon's novella, Fire Underneath the Ice, which she co-authored with Irene Gargantini under the pseudonym R.S. Natanevin, has also been published by Rogue Phoenix Press. The print copy is due out soon with a book launch in September in Waterloo, Ontario.
Paul Cipywynk (BC branch) has completed the copy editing and proofreading of Desperate Times, a trilogy of Ukrainian short fiction translated into English. The three volumes—Brother against Brother, Between the Trenches and Conflict and Chaos—were translated by Paul's aunt, Roma Franko, and edited by his late mother, Sonia Morris. The trilogy will be published by their award-winning Ukrainian literature publishing company, Language Lanterns Publications Inc., later this month.
The Editors' Association of Canada was well represented at the Alberta Book Awards gala held in Edmonton on May 14, 2010. A dozen or so Prairie Provinces branch members cheered as their colleague Joan Dixon received the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction for her piece entitled "The Perils of War and Mother-Son Relationships." Also shortlisted for this award was Marguerite Watson for her piece entitled "What Grows in the Soil." Joan Dixon was also shortlisted for the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize for her essay, "Embedded on the Home Front," which was published by Chatelaine.
Congratulations to QAC branch member Sandy Newton, co-author of Birds of Newfoundland: Field Guide. The guide was awarded the 2009 Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association's award for Best Atlantic Published Book. Sandy notes that she "wore many editorial hats in the preparation of this book, including researcher, writer, editor and ‘novice birder' test audience."
BC branch member Georgina Montgomery recently collaborated with photographer Kevin Oke to write her first coffee table book. The Cowichan was published in October 2009 by Harbour Publishing as the latest in a series of titles showcasing British Columbia's special regions.
Saskatchewan branch member Don Ward was the first-prize winner in the short story category in CBC's 2009 Literary Awards. His story, "Badger," is about a priest who develops a relationship with a badger with whom he discusses philosophical and other matters. The story will be published in enRoute magazine and carries a $6,000 prize.
Two books edited by Toronto branch member Rosemary Shipton have recently been recognized: John English's Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Volume Two: 1968–2000 won the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing; and David Hackett Fischer's Champlain's Dream: The Visionary Adventurer Who Made a New World in Canada was one of three finalists for the $75,000 2009 Cundill International Prize in History.
A book edited by Toronto branch member Rosemary Shipton was shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Charles Taylor Award for Literary Non-Fiction. Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968–2000 by John English (published by Knopf Canada) did not win the award, but was one of four finalists chosen from a total of 125 submissions. Rosemary also edited two other books that were shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Award in 2008. Richard Gwyn's John A.: The Man Who Made Us won the prize.
Congratulations to Toronto branch member Susan Hughes, who will celebrate the release of her new young adult novel, Virginia, on March 1. Published by Kids Can Press, the book is described as "a gripping story of an ordinary teenage girl drawn into an extraordinary chain of events." Also, this summer Scholastic Canada will publish Susan's book Canada's Birds as part of its "Canada Close Up" children's non-fiction series. Canada's Birds will be Susan's third title in the series.
In November 2009, Prairie Provinces branch member Louise Dandeneau won first prize in the Rue Deschambault writing contest in Winnipeg. The contest, which was held by La Maison Gabrielle Roy and La Liberté, challenged entrants to write a short story with a street name as the title about an event that occurred in a childhood home. Louise also contributed a short story to the Sillons – hommage à Gabrielle Roy anthology published by Éditions de Blé in Winnipeg, November 2009. (2009 was the centennial anniversary of Gabrielle Roy's birth.)
In December 2009, QAC branch member Daphne Davey launched her new book Free to Roam: The Story of the Joyriders, 1979–2009. The book covers both the history of the Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association of PEI, of which Daphne is a co-founder and instructor, as well as how and why the concept of horses as therapists works. Daphne's first print run of 200 books is close to selling out, with copies going across Canada and to the United States.
Also receiving good reviews is Adventures on the Ancient Silk Road, a new book by Toronto branch member Dawn Hunter. Co-written with Priscilla Galloway, the book was published in 2009 by Annick Press. This is Dawn's third book for young people.
Congratulations to Nancy Flight, BC branch member and past president of EAC. Nancy was the editor of Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life by Brian Brett, which recently won The Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Congratulations also go to Toronto branch member Barbara Czarnecki who was the copy editor for the award-winning book.
Thumbs up to Prairie Provinces branch member Audrey Whitson for winning first prize in Room magazine's 2009 Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction Contest. Audrey took the top fiction prize for her story "The Glorious Mysteries," which will be published in Room's winter 2010 issue.
Kudos to Prairie Provinces branch member Karen Virag and former member Virginia Durksen. These self-described "blonde grammar mavens" are regular guests on CBC Radio's Wild Rose Country and Blue Sky call-in shows. The duo, which appears with host Donna McElligott, strives to bring clarity to the rules and opinions that inform the way we speak and judge the speech of others.
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