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Member news (2013)

December 2013

A Blessed Snarl (Breakwater Books), a novel written by Samuel Thomas Martin and edited by Editors Canada members John Eerkes-Medrano (British Columbia branch) and Leslie Vryenhoek (Newfoundland and Labrador twig), has been longlisted for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Libraries around the world made nominations for this prestigious award, and a prize of €100,000 will be awarded to the winning author on June 12, 2014.

National Capital Region branch member Suzanne Nussey was the recipient of the 2013 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest for "Poem for the First Sunday of Advent," which won Suzanne a $1,000 prize and appears in the Vol. 128, Fall 2013 issue of The New Quarterly. Suzanne was invited to the Wild Writers Literary Festival in Waterloo, Ontario, to read her poem on the weekend of November 8, and will be interviewed by The New Quarterly.

Prairie Provinces branch member Marguerite Watson completed the Master of Arts in Professional Communication program at Royal Roads University and convocated in November. Her major research paper was an analysis of the construction of Canadian identity, a sense of belonging and a sense of home in the narratives of immigrants in Canada.


October 2013

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.


September 2013

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

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."


June 2013

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 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.


May 2013

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


April 2013

The Prairies Provinces branch of the Editors' 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 Editors Canada 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.


February 2013

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 Editors Canada'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.


January 2013

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

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.