Cassie Stocks, Barbara Langhorst, Fran Kimmel, Theanna Bischoff and Sarah de Leeuw are joining the ranks of NeWest's illustrious authors who've received national acclaim for their awards nominations.
Cassie's uproarious debut novel Dance, Gladys, Dance has been shortlisted for two awards, the Saskatchewan Book Awards' First Book Award (honouring Brenda MacDonald Riches) and for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Canadian humour writing. The Saskatchewan Book Awards will be held on Tuesday, April 27rd, and the Leacock Medal will be handed out on April 25th. Busy week!
Fran Kimmel's revelatory first novel The Shore Girl has fought its way to the shortlist of the Alberta Readers' Choice awards, reaching the list alongside Will Ferguson, Naomi Lewis and other notable authors. Voting begins on April 22nd, so let's all push Fran straight to the top!
This year's City of Calgary Awards have tapped Theanna Bischoff's Swallow as one of three shortlisted titles for the prestigious W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. The award will be presented as part of the greater Calgary Awards on June 12. The ceremony will be televised on Shaw Cable.
Sarah de Leeuw's fusion of maps and intimacy, Geographies of a Lover, was shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes' Dorothy Livesay award for Poetry, and we'll find out the winner of this prize on May 4th. NeWester Meredith Quartermain, whose new novel Rupert's Land is due out from us in September, won the prize in 2006 with her book Vancouver Walking.
Congratulations again to our fine authors, and fingers crossed for the end of April and early May!