CAA Literary Awards Gala
The Canadian Authors Association 2013 Literary Awards presentations will be held at a gala dinner ceremony on the evening of Saturday, June 15. Tickets are $60 or 2 for $100 and include a lovely 3-course meal followed by speakers, and the announcement of our award-winners. You must reserve your seat before the day of the event.
Shortlisted authors and poets (to be announced this spring) will be on hand to be recognized for their achievement and a winner for each of the four categories will be announced. Award categories are Fiction, Canadian History, Poetry and Emerging Writer.
All 3-day full conference registrants receive a complimentary ticket to the event.
This semi-formal event will be held off site at an Orillia location to be announced soon. Stay tuned for event details!
Go to the bottom of the page to register.
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Westoll
Andrew Westoll is the author of The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, the national bestseller that won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, and was named a book of the year by the Globe and Mail, Amazon.ca, Quill and Quire, and CTV’s Canada AM.
Andrew holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and is a Gold National Magazine Award winner. His feature writing appears in The Walrus, Utne Reader, explore, Canadian Geographic, The Globe and Mail and The Guardian, among others. His work has also been anthologized in Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction.
Guest Speaker: Charles Foran, PEN Canada
Charlie Foran was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published ten books, including four novels, and writes regularly for magazines and newspapers. He is a contributing reviewer for The Globe and Mail. He has won awards for his fiction, non-fiction, and journalism including the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the 2011 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award, the 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and the 2011 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust for Literary Non-Fiction.
You can learn more about his books, read recent essays, features and reviews on his website http://charlesforan.com/wordpress. Charlie has also made radio documentaries for the CBC program Ideas and co-wrote the TV documentary Mordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews. A senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, he divides his time between Toronto and Peterborough.
Charlie is now in his second year as president of PEN Canada, the organization of writers and readers committed worldwide to defending freedom of speech. Please visit the exciting new website, www.pencanada.ca to learn more about PEN, and please consider joining us.
Master of Ceremonies: Bruce Pirrie
As an actor, writer, director, and/or producer with Second City, Bruce has worked on MY TALKSHOW, THE BEST OF SCTV, SECOND CITY LIVE, 110 LOMBARD STREET, with John Cleese, Ron James, Debra McGrath, Robin Duke, Ryan Stiles, Andy Dick, Tony Rosato, Colin Mochrie, Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Dave Thomas, Harold Ramis, Mike Myers, Bonnie Hunt, Bob Martin, Andrea Martin, Del Close, Bernie Sahlins, and a host of others.
Through his association with Second City, Bruce has been nominated for and has received various national awards including Dora Mavor Moores, Geminis, and the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Bruce also was a writer, head writer, director and producer on several television shows for Steve Smith and S&S Productions, including THE RED GREEN SHOW, SUPERTOWN CHALLENGE, MR. HAPPY, THE FIFTH QUADRANT and the feature film, DUCT TAPE FOREVER. He directed 13 episodes of CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN NUTS for APTN and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series.
Currently Bruce is teaching comedy writing at both Humber College and Ryerson University in Toronto.