Saskatchewan and Alberta hand out top book prizes

Most likely Rubya novel by Lisa Bird Wilson about an adopted Indigenous woman’s search for identity, is the winner of Book of the Year at this year’s Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Other winners include the first new novel in nine years by multiple Governor General’s Award winners Guy Vanderhaeghea saga of crime, punishment and the shadow of war titled August in winter, which won the fiction award. Parliamentary Poet Laureate Louise B.Halfe won the poetry prize for awasis: perverse and disheveled; and Only if we’re caughta collection of short stories There is a Slindwon first prize for the book.

The full list of winners is available at

Moving from province to province, the Alberta Literary Awards celebrated its 40th anniversary last month, awarding the prize for fiction to The shade treea novel by Therese Shea covering a period from 1910 to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

The non-fiction prize was awarded to Omar Mouallem for Pray the Westan examination of the influence of Islam on the Americas, featuring Mouallem’s visits to 13 mosques from Brazil to the Canadian Arctic.

The winner of the City of Edmonton’s Robert Kroetsch Literary Award was Glen Huser for his novel Burn the night, an intergenerational story of Canadian art history and the narrator’s awakening as a gay man. The City of Calgary’s WO Mitchell Award was presented to Jaspreet Singh for My mother, my translatora family history and memoir covering the partition of India, the author’s childhood and his current work in responding as a writer to climate change and the covid pandemic.

Details of other awards can be found at

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After writing a trilogy of modern fantasy novels featuring the gods and magical beings of Norse mythology transported to modern Manitoba, Chadwick Ginther takes readers on shorter forays into this magical world this fall.

His new collection of short films, When the Sky Comes Looking for You: Short Rides on the Thunder Roadis slated for release this fall under the Ravenstone imprint of Turnstone Press.

This year marks 10 years since Ginther’s protagonist, Ted Callan, first had his fateful encounter with a room full of magical dwarves and woke up with a series of mysterious tattoos and the power of the god Thor. . The thunder road trilogy was nominated for the Aurora Award for Canadian fantasy.

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Knopf Canada Creates New Imprint to ‘Decenter Colonial Patterns of Literature and Thought’, to be Led by Poet Brand Dionneformer winner of the Governor General’s and Trillium awards.

The publisher announced that the new edition, Alchemy, “will talk about our times, precipitous climate catastrophe, social and political reckoning” and “imagine a radical vision of the future”.

In addition to publishing two or three titles a year, the new publishing house will publish the Alchemy Lectures, which will bring together leading artists, writers, researchers and scholars in an event organized by the Chair of Canada Research in Black Studies in the Humanities from York University.

This isn’t the only new editorial brand announced recently. The Literary Review of St. John’s, NL. Enigma Closing announced the launch of a program to publish first books by emerging Canadian writers.

Riddle Fence will publish novels, short fiction, poetry and visual arts. The project is supervised by Megan Gail Colesexecutive director of the journal and author of the novel shortlisted by Giller Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club and the collection of stories Eating habits of chronically lonely people.

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Literary Twitter recently erupted in outrage over stingy readers who exploit an Amazon policy allowing ebooks to be returned within seven days of purchase.

The policy is meant to protect people who accidentally buy the wrong product, but some readers buy e-books, read them for the seven-day period, and then send them back for a refund. This practice deprives writers, especially some self-publishers who only publish e-books, of royalties.

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