Far from publishing books on sleep disorders, London, Ontario’s Insomniac Press likes to say that “our books are so good that they'll keep you up at night, reading till the sun comes up.” Publishing a wide variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and self-help books since 1992, Insomniac routinely pushes the boundaries of what books can be: unique voices are the common denominator across all their titles.
The Canada Council for the Arts recently announced the winners of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Awards. The GGs are Canada's national literary awards, celebrating the best in Canadian Literature and showcasing the rich diversity to be found there. The nominees are selected by a peer assessment committee for each category--fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature-text, children's literature-illustration, and translation in both official languages.
We'd like to congratulate all our members and their authors who received awards this year:
Hagios Press began in 1996 with a desire to support writers emerging from their home province of Saskatchewan. They selected the name “Hagios” because it means “holy” in Greek and they are dedicated to publishing imaginative literature and writing that is spiritual in the broadest sense of the word.
Its first publication was Anne Szumigalski’s Sermons on Stones in 1997. With the book’s success, winning the Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction in 1998, Hagios set off on a regular publishing schedule of two new books a year.
Just last year this country’s oldest independent publisher celebrated its 60th birthday. Goose Lane Editions, based in Fredericton, New Brunswick has been publishing books since 1954 but before that it was actually a literary magazine.
Brindle & Glass may be part of the British Columbia publishing landscape now, but it actually began in Edmonton, Alberta in 2001. The press was co-founded by Ruth Linka and Lee Shedden after sharing their love of reading and ideas for new books over several conversations.
The City of Vancouver recently announced the four finalists for this year's award, to be presented at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on November 12, 2015. This is the 27th year for the award, which celebrates books that reflect Vancouver's unique character, culture, and history.
We'd like to congratulate our two members who received three nominations:
Conundrum Press is about to celebrate its own big anniversary: 2016 will mark its twentieth year of publishing books!
Conundrum Press started in 1996 in Montreal, Quebec as a way “to give voice to the under-represented working in the underground anglo cultural milieu,” according to publisher Andy Brown. The press first began making chapbooks for local writers and cartoonists but soon morphed into “genre-defying” books with spines.
The Forest of Reading initiative from the Ontario Library Association is Canada's largest recreational reading program. Through eight categories, readers of all ages can help celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators and are encouraged to develop a love of reading. According to OLA, more than 250,000 readers participate annually through either their school and/or public library.
We would like to congratulate two of our members who received nominations in the Silve Birch category, which are books for grades three to six:
Code -- a Canadian charitable organization for the advancement of literacy and learning -- announced the winners of the 2015 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature. The award aims "to provide engaging and culturally-relevant books for young people across Canada by recognizing excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors." This is the third year the award, administed by the Canada Council for the Arts, has been handed out with winners selected by a jury of Canadian writers.