VANCOUVER VANISHES IS A BESTSELLER!
Vancouver Vanishes hits its 10th week on the BC Bestseller List — get your copy now!
THE DELUSIONIST — FINALIST FOR THE KOBZAR PRIZE!
Grant Buday’s most recent novel, The Delusionist is a finalist for this year’s prestigious Kobzar Literary Award. The Kobzar Award is a $25,000 Biennial Award recognizing outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry, young readers’ literature, plays, screenplays and musicals. The award is announced March 2, 2016 at a gala dinner in Toronto. The Delusionist was also a Finalist for the 2015 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.
A CANLIT MILESTONE
“CanLit marked a milestone this spring, but you could be forgiven if you missed it. In May, Vancouver-based Anvil Press published the last of Quebec writer Nelly Arcan’s books to be translated into English. (Arcan, who died at the age of 36 in 2009, published four novels in her lifetime; Breakneck was her third.) A trenchant writer on sex, gender, and death, Arcan was a great provocateur of French letters. But celebrity itself is a difficult thing to translate. In English Canada, Nelly Arcan remains obscure and misunderstood. That’s a shame, because she’s one of the best writers this country has produced.”
—Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail
THE DOOR IS OPEN MAKES CBC CANADA READS LONGLIST!
Congratulations to Bart Campbell, whose book, The Door Is Open: Memoir of a Soup Kitchen Volunteer has been longlisted for the 2015 CBC Canada Reads.
FINALIST FOR PEOPLE’S POETRY AWARD
We are pleased to announce that Marita Dachsel’s Glossolalia has been shortlisted for the Acorn-Plantos
Award for People’s Poetry. Congratulations to Marita and the other finalists!
ANVIL AUTHORS FINALISTS FOR BC BOOK PRIZES!
Congratulations go out to JENNICA HARPER for her poetry collection, Wood (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), JANE SILCOTT for her debut collection of personal essays, Everything Rustles (Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize), and JESSE DONALDSON for his debut book on Vancouver’s history, This Day in Vancouver (Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award). Bravo to three fine authors and three very fine books!
And MARI-LOU ROWLEY’s latest poetry collection, Unus Mundus for its finalist nomination for three Saskatchewan Book Awards — the University of Regina Book of the Year, the Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award, and the City of Saskatoon and Public Library Saskatoon Book Award.
“PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR” AWARD! (2013)
Publisher Brian Kaufman, of Anvil Press, received the Jim Douglas Publisher of the Year Award from the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia (ABPBC) at their awards ceremony on April 18, 2013 in Vancouver. From the ABPBC’s press release, “Abundantly energetic and deeply committed to Canada’s literature, Brian Kaufman is a daring publisher and it is the ABPBC’s honour to present him with the Jim Douglas award for publisher of the year.”
For more information about the award, visit the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia website.
Congratulations to Madeline Sonik, WINNER of the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize for her collection of personal essays Afflictions & Departures.
The jurors cited Afflictions & Departures as, “a wonderfully generous book that returns us to one of literature’s touchstones: intensely personal revelation rendered universal. Sonik’s tone – cool and wry, manages to be simultaneously humane and funny.”
Afflictions & Departures was also a Finalist for the Charles Taylor Non-Fiction Prize and nominated for the prestigious BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, one of Canada’s largest literary non-fiction prizes.
Other recent kudos include, Governor General’s Award Finalist for David Scott Hamilton‘s translation of Paradis, Clef en main (Exit) by Nelly Arcan; 2011 ReLit Award Winner (short fiction category) for Ravenna Gets by Tony Burgess and an Acorn-Plantos Award finalist nomination for Kerry Ryan‘s poetry collection, VS.
BOOK LAUNCH | NOVEMBER 22, 2015 | 7:30 p.m.
Traversing Leonard by Craig Savel (2014 3-Day Novel Contest Winner!)
Skinny Fat Jack’s (Back Room, Slickity Jim’s)
3475 Main Street (enter in laneway)
Join us for a reading from Craig’s winning novel and get tips and tricks from past winners and finalists on How To Write A Novel In 3 Days!
BOOK LAUNCH | NOVEMBER 23, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Vanishing Vancouver: Narratives of Demolition and Revival
4118 Main St (at King Edward) Vancouver
Vanishing Vancouver: Narratives of Demolition and Revival by Caroline Adderson, John Atkin, Eve Lazarus, Kerry Gold, John Mackie, Elise and Stephen Partridge, plus poems by Evelyn Lau and Bren Simmers
Photographs by Tracey Ayton and Caroline Adderson