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Member news (2009–10)

December 2010

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

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 and The book shows independent professionals of all stripes how to get contract work with the $20 billion per year federal market.


November 2010

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 or directly from Peter at

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.


October 2010

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.


August 2010

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 BrotherBetween 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.


June 2010

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."


April 2010

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. 


March 2010

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.


February 2010

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.


January 2010

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.


December 2009

Congratulations to Nancy Flight, BC branch member and past president of Editors Canada. 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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