Poetry Wins the Grand Prize at the 2019 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards Gala, with Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith Winning the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

Toronto, Ontario, October 15, 2019 — The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) is delighted to announce the winners of its English-language children’s book awards. Awarded tonight at a gala event in Toronto, Heather Smith took home the title of most distinguished children’s book of the year and $50,000 — the largest cash prize in Canadian children’s literature for her book, Ebb & Flow, a middle-grade novel in free-verse. The publisher, Kids Can Press, received $2,500 for promotional purposes. An additional $10,000 was shared among the four finalists for their contributions to Canadian children’s literature.

Groundwood Books won three awards out of an impressive total of seven nominations. Africville by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; Turtle Pond by James Gladstone, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction; and They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki won the CBC Fan Choice Award. Other winners include Christopher Paul Curtis, Courtney Summers and Michelle Barker.

Seven awards in total were given out:

  • Ebb & Flow by Heather Smith, won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award ($50,000)
  • Africville by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award ($20,000)
  • Turtle Pond by James Gladstone, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, won the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction ($10,000)
  • The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis, won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People ($5,000)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers, won the John Spray Mystery Award ($5,000)
  • The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker, won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award ($5,000)
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki won the CBC Fan Choice Award ($5,000)

See the full media release here.

 

 

The Women’s Caucus of Playwrights Guild of Canada Announces the Recipient of the 2019 Bra d’Or Award

Toronto, Ontario, October 2, 2019 — The Women’s Caucus of Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) is pleased to announce Pamela Halstead as the winner of the 2019 Bra d’Or Award, which recognizes an individual for promoting and supporting the work of women playwrights in Canada.

PGC received ten nominations for the Bra d’Or Award this year: Andrea Donaldson (Nightwood Theatre), Karen Gross (2b Theatre), Pamela Halstead (PARC), Heather Inglis (Theatre Yes), Karen Jeffery (Sunset Theatre), Ruth Lawrence (Women’s Work Festival), Lisa O’Connell (Pat The Dog), Anna Pappas (Ergo Arts), Heidi Taylor (PTC), and Emma Tibaldo (PWM). All are incredible candidates! Read about these amazing women and their nominations HERE. While Women’s Caucus members put forth the nominations, all PGC members vote to pick the winner.

As the recipient of the 2019 Bra d’Or Award, Pamela Halstead will be celebrated at PGC’s annual Tom Hendry Awards, held Sunday, October 27th at the Toronto Arts and Letter Club. She will also be honoured at a local event in her own community later in the year, and at the annual conference of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) in Montreal in May 2020.

 

 

Announcing the 2019 GG Books Finalists

Ottawa, Ontario, October 2, 2019 — The Canada Council for the Arts revealed the 2019 finalists for the Governor General’s Literary Awards today.

The 70 finalists were selected by peer assessment committees from some 1,400 books in seven categories in both English and French.

See the full list of finalists here.

It’s a great time to update your reading list with our best books of the year!

Stay tuned—the winners will be revealed on October 29, 2019.

We are delighted to administer, fund and promote the Governor General’s Literary Awards, one of the oldest and most prestigious literary awards programs in the country. #GGBooks2019

[Editor’s note: A little known fact  — The GG Literary Awards were first created and administered by Canadian Authors Association.]

 

 

Announcing the 2019 Journey Prize Finalists

Toronto, Ontario, September 4, 2019 — The Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart #JourneyPrize recognizes developing writers for the best short story of the past year. The nominated works were first published in a peer-reviewed Canadian literary journal or anthology. The $10,000 winner will be announced at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony on November 5, 2019.

Read more about the 2019 Journey Prize finalists

Look for a copy of the The Journey Prize Stories 31 anthology, featuring all of the longlisted works, at your local bookstore starting September 24.