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ANVIL FALL LAUNCH PARTY!
Thursday, November 3rd
Beaumont Studios, 326 West 5th Ave. (between Main & Cambie), Vancouver, BC for the launch of four new titles:

Garage Criticism essays by Peter Babiak, Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West, Jettison a novel by Nathaniel G. Moore, As If stories by Alban Goulden


Hosted by Carleigh Baker, author of the forthcoming collection of stories, Bad Endings (Anvil).


With music by the fuzzy-folk, art rock duo, The Starlight Pines. A free event with readings, refreshments and, of course, books!


THE REVOLVING CITYFINALIST FOR THE CITY OF VANCOUVER BOOK AWARD!
Congratulations to editors Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar and all the poets in the anthology on this nomination. Read more about The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them here. And get more information about the City of Vancouver Book Award and the other finalists here.

SEEPFINALIST FOR THE AMAZON.CA FIRST NOVEL AWARD!
Congratulations to W. Mark Giles whose debut novel, Seep is a finalist for this year’s Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Read more about the award and the other finalists here.

RUE SHORTLISTED FOR THE GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD
Congratulations to Melissa Bull whose debut poetry collection, Rue has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Read more about the award and this year’s finalists here.

VANCOUVER VANISHESFINALIST FOR THE BILL DUTHIE BOOKSELLERSCHOICE AWARD!
After months on the BC Bestseller list, Vancouver Vanishes, is now a finalist for the Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award (BC Book Prizes). Congratulations to Caroline Adderson, Tracey Ayton, and all of the others that contributed to this fabulous book.

Congratulations to Jeff Steudel are also in order. Jeff’s debut poetry collection, Foreign Park, is a finalist for this year’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes) — congrats Jeff!

THE DELUSIONISTFINALIST 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 Delusionist was also a Finalist for the 2015 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.

SAVAGE 1986-2011 — WINS THE RELIT AWARD!
Congratulations to Nathaniel G. Moore whose novel, Savage 1986-2011 was selected as the winner of the 2014 ReLit Prize (Novel category). His first collection of short fiction, Jettison will be released in Spring 2016.

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 YEARAWARD! (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.

Salut!


Upcoming Events

WORD ON THE STREETHALIFAX | SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Elaine McCluskey will read from The Most Heartless Town in Canada

WORD ON THE STREETSASKATOON | SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
Alban Goulden (As If) and Martin West (Cretacea and Other Stories from the Badlands) reading from their new collections of stories.

THE EMERALD ROOMVANCOUVER | SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
Three Anvil poets will read at the 20th Anniversary Poetry in Transit event (part of Word Vancouver) – Join Kevin Spenst, Heidi Greco, Jen Currin and a host of other poets for a very special evening of readings and celebration.

TWISTED POETS SERIESVANCOUVER, COTTAGE BISTRO | SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
Elee Kraljii Gardiner reading from Serpentine Loop as part of the Twisted Poets series.

WINNIPEG INT’L WRITERS FESTIVAL | SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 1, 2016
Anvil author Kevin Spenst (Ignite and Jabbering with Bing Bong) will read at the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, Winnipeg, MB.

WORD VANCOUVER | SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 | 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Come down and hear Anvil Press authors Kevin Spenst (Ignite), Elee Kraljii Gardiner (Serpentine Loop), and Peter Babiak (Garage Criticism) read from their new books! See the Word Vancouver program for times and site locations.

KEVIN SPENST | TORONTO READINGS | OCTOBER 2016
October 4, at the Boneshaker series
October 5, at the Pivot Reading Series

WHISTLER WRITERS FEST | WHISTLER, BC | OCTOBER 13 – 16
Nathaniel G. Moore (Jettison) will read at Whistler Writers Fest (BC). Please consult program guide for time and site location.

NATHANIEL G. MOORE | TORONTO READINGS | OCTOBER 2016
October 16, reading at Junction
October 17, reading at Common
October 18, Launch and reading at Type Books
October 19, reading at Pivot Reading Series

UNBC | PRINCE GEORGE, BC | OCTOBER 19, 2016
Kevin Spenst (Ignite) at the University of Northern BC

VERNON, BC | OCTOBER 21, 2016
Kevin Spenst reading from Ignite in Vernon (BC) – details TBA

VANCOUVER INT’L WRITERS FESTIVAL | VANCOUVER | OCTOBER 23, 2016
Jeff Steudel (Foreign Park) will read as part of the New Shoots Event #83, 10:30 AM, Studio 1398

PORTLAND LIT CRAWL | PORTLAND, OR | NOVEMBER 25, 2106
Chris Gudgeon (Assdeep in Wonder) and Nathaniel G. Moore (Jettison) join up with University of Hell Press authors. Details TBA.


News

November 6, 2015: Anvil inks paper with Montreal writer Jon Paul Fiorentino for the second time. This time it is a collection of poetry, Leaving Mile End, to appear in Spring 2017.


November 15, 2015: Anvil signs Calgary poet John Creary for his debut collection, Escape from Wreck City, slated for Spring 2017.


November 23, 2015: Anvil signs Annette Lapointe’s first short story collection, You Are Not Needed Now. To be released in the Spring of 2017.


November 25, 2015: Anvil signs Toronto author Terry Watada for his novel, The Three Pleasures. Slotted for Spring 2017.


March 3, 2016: Anvil signs poet and Poetry Gabriola Festival producer Hilary Peach to a two-book deal: a book of poetry Birdsong & Thunder, and a collection of creative nonfiction, Sulphur.


March 8, 2016: Anvil signs Martin West for his novel, Long Ride Yellow, the follow-up to his debut collection of stories, Cretacea and Other Stories from the Badlands.


May 19, 2016: Over coffee on Main Street, Anvil publisher Brian Kaufman and poet/editor Mariner Janes discuss, clarify, plan, and give a loose schedule to The Collected Poems of Bud Osborn. Aiming for 2017.


June 24, 2016: Anvil signs Michael Blouin’s novel, Skin House for Spring 2018 release.


September 6, 2016: The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them, edited by Wayde Compton and Renée Sarojini Saklikar announced as Finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award.


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