Bliss Carman Poetry Award
The poetry first prize is in part donated by the Banff Centre for the Arts, who will also award a jeweller-cast replica of poet Bliss Carman's silver and turquoise ring to the first-prize winner. (1-3 poems per entry, maximum 150 lines per entry)
Judge: Anne Simpson
(one story per entry, maximum 10,000 words)
Judge: Marina Endicott
(one article per entry, maximum 5,000 words)
Judge: Jake MacDonald
Winning pieces will be published in Prairie Fire magazine, with authors paid for publication. First prize is $1,250, Second prize is $500, Third prize is $250, in all categories.
Send entries to:
Prairie Fire Press
423-100 Arthur Street
For more information check out our website at www.prairiefire.ca, call (204) 943-9066, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The American author, playwright, essayist and commentator died Tuesday at age 86 in Los Angeles.
Along with such contemporaries as Norman Mailer and Truman Capote, he was among the last generation of literary writers who were also genuine celebrities. Regulars on talk shows and in the gossip columns, they had personalities of such size and appeal that even those who hadn't read their books knew their names. His works include hundreds of essays, the best-selling novels Burr and Myra Breckenridge and the Tony-nominated play The Best Man, a melodrama about a presidential convention revived on Broadway in 2012.
Vidal appeared cold and cynical on the surface, dispassionately predicting the fall of democracy, the American empire's decline or the destruction of the environment. But he bore a melancholy regard for lost worlds, for reason and the primacy of the written word, for "the ancient American sense that whatever is wrong with human society can be put right by human action."Categories: Authors, Saskatoon, Winnipeg
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Winnipeg's David Bergen has never written the same novel twice. His 2010 novel, The Matter With Morris, which was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and The IMPAC Dublin, presented a major change in style and content from his previous novel, The Retreat (2008), which was itself a radical departure from his Giller Prize-winning novel, The Time in Between (2005).
I've been a fan of David's work since his first book, Sitting Opposite My Brother, a collection of short stories from Turnstone Press that was published in 1993. I was fortunate enough to get an advanced reading copy of his new novel, The Age of Hope, which is due out from HarperCollins at the end of August, and I was pleased to discover David takes yet another turn in his writing as he explores the wholly feminine world of Hope Koop (née Plett), a woman who comes of age in the middle of the 20th century in a small town outside Winnipeg.
Hope is one of Bergen's most complex and compelling characters yet. Carried along by the conventions of her time and upbringing, she seeks a life built around marriage and children, and proceeds to both in an orderly and careful progression. Her fortunes, like the shiny modern appliances in her new home, are all laid out for her. All she has to do is stay with her husband, Roy, who loves her. All she has to do is be happy. But as the decades unfold, what seems to be a safe, predictable existence overwhelms her. Hope is a survivor, however, and as her world crumbles around her and disappointments mount, she embraces the random wistfulness of her own quiet life with a wisdom born of heartache and joy, love and chagrin.Categories: Authors, New Releases
Everyone at McNally Robinson Booksellers is anxiously awaiting the September release of Thunder Road from Turnstone Press, the first book in 's fantasy series featuring Ted Callan. Why? Not only because we've worked with him for over ten years and we love him, but because he's a great writer. Those of us lucky enough to have read the manuscript. in progress discovered a Manitoba we could only guess at, a magical land full of Norse gods and supernatural beings.
When three stout men assault Ted in his Osborne Street hotel room, he doesn't like his chances of getting out of there alive. But when he comes to, he discovers he's more than alive. His body is covered in an elaborate Norse tattoo that gives him the power of the Gods. And he's going to need ever ounce of that power as he sets off on a journey that leads him from Winnipeg to Gimli and finally to Flin Flon for a showdown of mythological proportions.
Chadwick Ginther's story "First Light" appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of On Spec, the premier Canadian magazine of speculative fiction, and his reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, Prairie Books NOW and The Winnipeg Review.Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy
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Sensing a gap in my knowledge of our own history and hankering to know more, I picked up The Last Act. It tells the story of the controversial repatriation of the Canadian Constitution in 1981. Why did I pick this book? For one reason, I can remember listening to the repatriation ceremony on the radio. I was driving a delivery truck at the time and had CBC radio on all day. As I listened to the live broadcast, I experienced a sense of elation that I was bearing witness to an historic national event. When I spotted Ron Graham's book, I was intrigued to find out what really happened behind the scenes. René Lévesque's refusal to sign the Repatriation Act on behalf of Quebec suggested a troubled process that undercut the show of apparent unity presented by "the Gang of Eight."
And troubled it was. In fact, the likelihood that the premiers and Pierre Trudeau would ever reach a deal seemed an impossibility only hours before they came together to sign the document. In fact, it took an all-night session of political wrangling before Canadians awoke on the morning of November 4, 1981 to discover that the repatriation of the Constitution and the Charter of Rights was a fait accompli.
Graham does an excellent job of explaining the historical context and the divergent views of all the participants, from the premiers jealously guarding their provincial powers in the face of Trudeau's attempts to implement a more centralist vision of Canada to the impossible position that Lévesque found himself in as leader of a party dedicated to take his province out of Confederation.
This is a story about raw politics and honestly held but competing visions of what Canada should be. In telling this story, Graham reveals much about what Canada is and how it functions, its strengths and its weaknesses.
The Last Act is a part of The History of Canada series from Penguin books. The series deals with crucial and sometimes under-reported historical moments that have shaped Canada. I'm currently reading another book in the series, The Destiny of Canada by . It explores the issues that saw Laurier's Liberals defeat Macdonald's Conservatives in the election of 1891, an election fought most contentiously, if not exclusively, on the issue of "free trade." Sound familiar?Categories: Book of the Day, History
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