Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

We are thrilled by the recent news that both Cretacea & Other Stories from the Badlands by Martin West and Garage Criticism: Cultural Missives in an Age of Distraction by Peter Babiak are finalists for this year’s Montaigne Medal. The Montaigne Medal is part of the Eric Hoffer Awards and is an additional distinction, awarded to the most thought-provoking books

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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.
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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.

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Jeff’s debut poetry collection, Foreign Park, is a finalist for this year’s Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (BC Book Prizes) — congrats Jeff!

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.

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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 was released in the fall of 2016.

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“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

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.

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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!