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Member news (2014)
In November, NCR member Suzanne Nussey appeared as a panelist discussing occasional verse with three other Canadian poets at the 2014 Wild Writers Festival in Kitchener-Waterloo. Her essay "Telling the Truth: Some Thoughts on Memoir Writing" will be published in the Winter issue of The New Quarterly.
Toronto branch member Rosemary Shipton edited the magnificent art book Impressionism in Canada (Arnoldsche Art Publishers, 2014), which is now available for the Christmas market. The book was featured in the December 6 "Books" section of The Globe and Mail.
Prairie Provinces branch member Paul Buckingham, editor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Alberta, has been awarded the Pearson Canada Award for academic excellence in Ryerson's Certificate in Publishing.
Merridy Cox Bradley (Toronto branch) has published Edwardian Pets and How to Keep Them, Book I: Beasts. This book, written in 1907 by ornithologist Frank Finn, includes charming black-and-white photos and information about all sorts of animals now considered exotic. Merridy has annotated the book with contextual information and a biography of the author. Historians and animal lovers will find this book intriguing.
Toronto branch member Caroline Kaiser recently published a novel with the help of two BC branch colleagues, Irene Kavanagh and Arlene Prunkl. Virginia's Ghost is a cozy mystery centred on Virginia Blythe, an antiques specialist at a Toronto auction house, and Constance Pendleton, a beautiful flapper ghost. The novel is a tale of ghastly crime, euphoric love and devastating betrayal, in which two women transcend time to affect each other's lives in startling ways.
Robert Runté (Prairie Provinces branch) received an Aurora Award for "Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading," Scholar Keynote Address at the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy, Toronto, October 2013, and subsequently published in Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives. Allan Weiss, ed. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland, 2014 (in press). The Aurora Awards are presented each year by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association; this year's banquet was held in Vancouver on October 4.
BC branch member Philip Sherwood launched his latest book, It's Not the Ships, at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. The book, which Sherwood co-authored and which his company lifewriters.ca published, is the World War II memoirs of his father, the late Frederick Sherwood. Fred was well respected among the Canadian naval community as Canada's most highly decorated submariner. The book launch was part of West Coast Submarine Week, commemorating 100 years of Canadians in submarines.
In January we lost our friend and colleague, Karen Virag. Karen represented Editors Canada for several years on the board of Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC). As a tribute to Karen, CHRC has named her recipient of the DUX Award as a Champion of Professional Development. The DUX Award was created "to honour Canada's cultural HR leaders who have contributed to the dynamic and inspiring cultural life we enjoy in this country."
During her tenure at CHRC, Karen helped to establish the DUX Award, giving it its name and description. Karen advocated for better HR management and training in the cultural sector; she herself presented the first DUX Award in 2012.
Sono Nis Press has published BC branch member Karen Autio's book, Sabotage. This final book in Karen's historical fiction trilogy for young readers is an adventure tale based on real-life espionage, sabotage and internment in Canada during the First World War. Sabotage has been shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile or YA Crime Book and for the 2015 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award. For more information, visit Karen's website.
Prairie Provinces branch member Astrid Blodgett has been shortlisted for the Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards. Her nomination is for "New Summer Dresses," which was published in You Haven't Changed A Bit (University of Alberta Press, 2013).
BC member Philip Sherwood was awarded the 2014 Arty Award for Outstanding Artist in the Literary Arts by the Abbotsford Arts Council. Philip is an Abbotsford-based writer, editor and personal historian. In 2013 he served as managing editor for the publication of Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Pioneer Stories 1890–1950, a coffee table book of 199 stories of the region's pioneers. Currently, he is collaborating with the Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Museum to offer services to Abbotsford residents who want to tell their stories.
Congratulations to Toronto branch member Tilman Lewis, who worked on Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine Dump War by Charlie Angus, published by Between the Lines. Unlikely Radicals has been short-listed for the 2013 Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speakers Book Award and is a runner-up for the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Best Regional Non-Fiction (Canada-East).
Toronto branch member John Millyard discovered in the drawer of an old desk the hand-written memoirs of James Lowry, a young surgeon in Nelson's Mediterranean fleet 1797 to 1804. John has recently published Lowry's memoirs as an eBook in both Kindle and Kobo format. The memoirs were never intended for publication, and describe Lowry's rugged life afloat and fascinating (often erotic) adventures ashore. As one reviewer wrote, it is a "fantastic primary [historical] source and is full of firsthand accounts of several conflicts in His Majesty's Navy. While he describes details of battles hitherto unknown or lost to legend, personal details give a fuller understanding of the period's culture and daily life. These things are priceless and most often lost [when] over edited or in fictional accounts of history."