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Mark Anthony Jarman Shortlisted for Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award

4 May 2016

The nominees for the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards were announced today in Halifax. Knife Party at the Hotel Europa by Mark Anthony Jarman was one of three titles shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.

A vivid collection of short stories which circle and overlap in unexpected and delightful ways, Knife Party at the Hotel Europa transports readers to a version of sun-drenched Italy — a version of Italy as only one of Canada’s premiere short story writers could imagine it. Widely hailed by both critics and readers, the book has helped cement Jarman’s reputation as one of Canada’s most accomplished masters of prose.

Also shortlisted for this year’s award are Elisabeth de Mariaffi for The Devil You Know (HarperCollins) and R.W. Gray for Entropic (NeWest Press). The winner of the award will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards presentation in Halifax on June 4, following a series of readings celebrating the shortlisted writers.

Marq de Villiers Shortlisted for Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

4 May 2016

The nominees for the 2016 East Coast Literary Awards were announced today in Halifax. Included in this year’s shortlisted titles for the Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award is Back to the Well: Rethinking the Future of Water by Marq de Villiers.

A clear-eyed assessment of the politics of our most precious resource — from the personal and commercial uses of water to the impact of climate change and global conflicts — Back to the Well examines how political ideologies often obscure underlying issues.  De Villiers makes the controversial suggestion that there is no global water crisis, but that water problems are fundamentally local and regional and can most effectively be addressed through local, rather than global, action.

Also shortlisted for the award this year are Dean Jobb for Empire of Deception (HarperCollins) and Gary L. Saunders for My Life With Trees (Gaspereau Press). The winner of the award will be announced at the East Coast Literary Awards presentation in Halifax on June 4, following a series of readings celebrating the shortlisted writers.

The Bastard of Fort Stikine Named Finalist for Arthur Ellis Awards

22 April 2016

The finalists for the 2016 Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing were announced this morning by the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC). Included on this year’s list in the non-fiction category is The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr. by forensic anthropologist and author Debra Komar.

Established in 1984 and named after the nom de travail of Canada's official hangman, the Arthur Ellis Awards honour crime writing in a number of categories.  Also nominated this year in the non-fiction category are Gary Garrison for Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons (University of Regina Press), Dean Jobb for Empire of Deception (Harper Collins Publishers), Jerry Langton for Cold War (Harper Collins Publishers), and Colleen Lewis and Jennifer Hicks for Mr. Big: The Investigation into the Deaths of Karen and Krista Hart (Flanker Press).

The winners will be named at a gala at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto on May 26. For more information, please click here.

The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr. was published by Goose Lane Editions in 2015.

 

The Bastard of Fort Stikine Shortlisted for 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award

19 April 2016

The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin, Jr. has been shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award for Non-Fiction. This biennial award recognizes excellence in non-fiction by Island residents.

The third installment in a four-part series from renowned forensic anthropologist Debra Komar, The Bastard of Fort Stikine unearths a shocking true story of murder and deception at the heart Hudson’s Bay Company history. Using modern forensic science, including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction, Debra Komar unlocks the mystery of what really happened the night John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Stikine — was shot to death by his own men in a murder mystery that spans 170 years.

Also shortlisted in the non-fiction category are Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of P.E.I. Nurses in the Great War by Katherine Dewar and Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island by Earle Lockerby and Doug Sobey

The awards will be presented at a gala event on May 7, in partnership with the Cox & Palmer Literary Awards. The gala is the penultimate event of Reading Town PEI, which takes place April 30-May 8.

ABOUT DEBRA KOMAR
DEBRA KOMAR is the author of The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr., The Lynching of Peter Wheeler, The Ballad of Jacob Peck, and the forthcoming Black River Road which use forensic methods to re-investigate historical crimes. A Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a practising forensic anthropologist for over twenty years, she has investigated human rights violations for the United Nations and Physicians for Human Rights, and has testified as an expert witness in The Hague and across North America. She is also the author of many scholarly articles and a textbook, Forensic Anthropology: Contemporary Theory and Practice.

From the Forest to the Sea Honoured by Canadian Museums Association

14 April 2016

Excellence in the Canadian museum sector was celebrated in Halifax last night at the 2016 Canadian Museums Association (CMA) Awards. Amongst the work recognized was From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia, co-published by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Dulwich Picture Gallery, and Goose Lane Editions, which received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Research – Art. The CMA jury was unanimous in their recognition of the publication’s national significance and achievement.

Much more than a career retrospective, From the Forest to the Sea features more than 100 colour reproductions of Emily Carr’s work, including some of her most renowned paintings, in dialogue with dozens of Indigenous artifacts from the Pacific Northwest. Complemented by essays from art historians, anthropologists, and Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw artists, this juxtaposition illuminates Carr’s deep connection to Indigenous cultures and the profound impact they had on her life and work.

Sarah Milroy and Ian Dejardin edited the publication which accompanied a major exhibition organized by the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

 

Back to the Well Among 5 Titles Shortlisted for The Donner Prize

1 April 2016

The shortlist for the 2015/2016 Donner Prize, the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian, was announced Wednesday in Toronto. Said Alan Gotlieb, Chairman of the Donner Canadian Foundation, “These five finalists offer compelling, timely, and thought-provoking contributions to the public policy discourse in our country. Each of these books deserves celebration and wide readership.”

Included on the shortlist was Back to the Well: Rethinking the Future of Water by Marq de Villiers. A clear-eyed assessment of the politics of our most precious resource — from the personal and commercial uses of water to the impact of climate change and global conflicts — Back to the Well examines how political ideologies often obscure underlying issues.  De Villiers makes the controversial suggestion that there is no global water crisis, but that water problems are fundamentally local and regional and can most effectively be addressed through local, rather than global, action.

Also shortlisted for the award this year are Middle Power, Middle Kingdom: What Canadians Need to Know about China in the 21st Century by David Mulroney (Allen Lane/Penguin Canada), From Treaty Peoples to Treaty Nation: A Road Map for All Canadians by Greg Poelzer & Ken S. Coates (UBC Press), Leading Research Universities in a Competitive World by Robert Lacroix & Louis Maheu (McGill-Queen’s University Press), What Is Government Good At?: A Canadian Answer by Donald J. Savoie (McGill-Queen’s University Press).

The winner of this year’s Donner Prize will be announced at an awards ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Further information about the prize and this year’s nominees can be found online at http://www.donnerbookprize.com.

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