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The Orenda Wins The CAA Award For Fiction



The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

We are delighted to announce that The Orenda by Joseph Boyden has won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction!
 
Founded in 1921 with the goal of protecting authors’ rights, the Canadian Authors Association provides a wide variety of resources to writers in all genres. The organization’s literary awards program honours writing that achieves excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The Orenda won the $2000 Award for Fiction and silver medal on June 21 at a gala held during this year’s Can Write! conference in Orillia.

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Two Penguin Books Shortlisted For The Sunburst Award



RIVER OF STARS by Guy Gavriel Kay A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

We are pleased to announce that River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay and A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki have been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic!
 
Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction, the Sunburst Award is presented annually to the best book in their adult and young adult categories. The winners of the $1,000 prize will be announced in fall 2014.

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Penguin Canada Sweeps The 2014 Libris Awards



The Orenda By Joseph Boyden Penguin Canada

We are pleased to share the news that Penguin Canada was recognized as winners in three categories:


· Publisher of the Year
· Author of the Year – Joseph Boyden
· Fiction Book of the Year – The Orenda

 


Winners Of The 2013 Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards



Penguin Canada

We are delighted to announce that Puffin Canada books have won two of the three Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Willow Awards for 2013! Kate and Pippin: An Unlikely Love Story, written by Martin Springett and illustrated by Isobel Springett, was awarded The Shining Willow Award for books for young readers. Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes was awarded The Diamond Willow Award for titles for upper elementary readers (grades 4–6)

The awards were presented at the gala on May 7, 2014, by Saskatchewan Young Readers ChoiceThe Willow Awards, Inc. Founded in 2001, SYRCA is a volunteer-run charity whose mission is to promote reading by encouraging children to vote for their favourite books.

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Kit Pearson Wins Lieutenant Governor's Award For Literary Excellence



Kit Pearson

We are thrilled to announce that beloved Canadian children’s author Kit Pearson has won the BC Book Prizes’ Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence!

This prize was established in 2003 by former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, to recognize British Columbia writers who have contributed to the development of literary excellence in the province. The recipient receives a cash award of $5,000 and a commemorative certificate.

The jury for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence was Sarah Ellis, children’s author and 2013 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence; Sheila Peacock, CBC Producer; and, Jessica Walker, Store Manager at Munro’s Books.

Kit Pearson was born in Edmonton, AB, in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from the University of British Columbia, and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children's librarian in Ontario and BC, and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, China, and Korea. She has won many awards for her writing, including the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work in 1998.  

BC's Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, will present the award at the Lieutenant Governor's BC Book Prizes Gala on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel.

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LA Times Book Prizes Awarded



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We are pleased to announce that A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Viking Canada) has won the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction!

The 34th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were awarded Friday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium. 50 books in 10 categories were in the running to win the Prizes, which are awarded across 10 categories.

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Wins PEN/Faulkner Award



We Areall Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We are pleased to share that We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Putnam) has won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three judges--Madison Smartt Bell, Manuel Munoz and Achy Obejas--selected the winner from among more than 420 submitted works. The winner receives $15,000, and the four finalists receive $5,000 each. All five authors will be honored May 10 during the 34th annual PEN/Faulkner Award ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Kate & Pippin Wins Colorado Children's Choice Book Award



Kate and Pippin by Martin Springett and Isobel Springett

We are pleased to share the news that Kate and Pippin by Martin Springett and Isobel Springett has won the Colorado Children’s Book Award.

The Colorado Children's Book Award was established in 1975 to encourage children's active involvement with books and reading. The CCBA committee is sponsored by Colorado Council of the International Reading Association, an organization dedicated to the advancement of reading and literacy in the state. All nominations for the awards are Colorado children's choices. There are two awards given—one in the Junior Books category and one in the Picture Books category.

The winners have been invited to speak at the 2015 Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference, held in Denver on February 4 – 7.

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Ballistics a Finalist for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award



Ballistics by D.W. Wilson

We are pleased to share that D.W. Wilson's Ballistics has been named a finalist for this year's Amazon.ca First Novel Award!

Ballistics is one of five finalists for this year's award; the news was announced yesterday in a press release.

The award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a Canadian first-time novelist, and has been given since 1976. The award (formerly known as the breakthrough novel award) has launched the careers of some of Canada's most beloved novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W.P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels, André Alexis, Michael Redhill, Mary Lawson, Colin McAdam, Joseph Boyden, Joan Thomas, and David Bezmozgis.

The winner is announced at an annual event each April.

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CLA Book of the Year for Children Finalists



Penguin Canada

We are very happy to announce that we have several finalists for the CLA (Canadian Library Association) Book of the Year for Children. Our nominees are:

Three of the ten finalists are Penguin books, and we are the only publisher to have multiple finalists for this award!

This respected award honours a book published in Canada in 2013 by a Canadian author that appeals to readers aged 12 and younger. The award is sponsored by Library Services Centre.The winner will be announced on April 15, and the award will be at the CLA National Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, BC, on May 29.

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Jeffrey Simpson Honoured With Achievement Award



Jeffrey Simpson

We're very pleased to share with you the news that Jeffrey Simpson is being honoured with an award from Queen’s University, his alma mater: he is the 2014 recipient of the Agnes Benidickson Award, given by the Ottawa Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association. It is the highest honour bestowed by the Ottawa Branch and presented to an individual for distinguished service to the University and Canada.

The award honours the late Agnes Benidickson, a champion of Queen's University and the Ottawa Branch. Over the years in her many roles as a student, as a trustee, as Chancellor, and as the Ottawa Branch Honorary President, Agnes devoted her considerable abilities to the university.

Jeffrey will be presented with his award on March 26, at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

 


The War That Ended Peace Longlisted For The Gelber Prize



The War That Ended Peace By Margaret Macmillan

We are very pleased to announce that Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace has been longlisted for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize!

From the ten longlisted titles, the jury will choose a shortlist that will be announced on February 10th. The winner of this year’s Gelber Prize will be announced on March 31 in a press release, and the winning author will be invited to accept the award and give a free public lecture on Thursday, April 24th at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

The Gelber Prize is an international award given to the world’s best non-fiction book, written in the English language, on significant international issues. It is presented annually by the Lionel Gelber Foundation in partnership with Foreign Policy magazine and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. It was established in honour of Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber, and the winner of the prize receives $15,000.

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My Mother’s Secret a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award



My Mothers Secret by J.L. Witterick

We are pleased to announce that My Mother’s Secret by J.L. Witterick has been selected as a finalist in the National Jewish Book Award, Outstanding Debut Fiction category.

This is an American award—not to be confused with the Canadian Jewish Book Awards—administered by the Jewish Book Council, which is based in New York City. This is the longest-running North American awards program in the field of Jewish literature, and the awards aim to recognize outstanding books of Jewish interest across 18 categories.

The winners will be announced at an event, which is open to the public, to be held at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on March 5th.

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National Book Critics Circle Finalists



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We are pleased to announce that the National Book Critics Circle has revealed its 2012 Book Award Finalists, and we have several titles on the list. The Awards are presented across six categories: Fiction, General Non-fiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. Here are our finalists, by category:

Autobiography:
The Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury)
The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

Fiction
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Viking)

Non-fiction
Whitey Bulger: Americas Most Wanted Gangster and the Man Who Brought Him to Justice by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

Finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Awards are nominated by the NBCC Board of Directors, and aim to honour outstanding writing and to further national conversations about reading, criticism, and culture. The National Book Critics Circle was formed in 1974, with the goal of extending the famous Algonquin Round Table to a national dialogue.

Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards will be announced on March 13 at the New School in New York City.

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Bobcat Shortlisted For Story Prize



Bobcat by Rebecca Lee

We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Lee’s Bobcat has been shortlisted for the Story Prize!

The Story Prize is an annual US book award honouring the author of an outstanding short fiction collection. The overall winner will receive $20,000, and each of the two runners-up will receive $5,000. The Story Prize's annual event will take place in New York City on Wednesday, March 5, which will include readings from each writer and the announcement of the winner.

Bobcat is one of three finalists; the other two shortlisted books are Archangel by Andrea Barrett, and Tenth of December by George Saunders.

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