George Elliott Clarke has been appointed the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Associate Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University. He is currently teaching an undergraduate English course that looks at African-Canadian literature and a graduate seminar that offers cross-cultural, transnational readings of Black-authored epic poems, would-be epic poems, and book-length verse-narratives-from Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States.
In late September, The Writers’ Trust of Canada revealed the finalists for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Again, we saw that writers from this region are a force to be reckoned with. The list—foreshadowing the Giller shortlist—included Lynn Coady for Hellgoing and Lisa Moore for Caught. The prize will be presented on November 20 in Toronto.
Anne Renaud’s book, The Extraordinary Life of Anna Swan (published by CBU Press) has been shortlisted for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Also shortlisted, for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, is Beach Reading by Lorne Elliott (Acorn Press). Winners will be announced November 19.
The Canada Council for the Arts announced the finalists for the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Awards in early October. Representing Atlantic Canada on this year’s list are Nova Scotia poet Don Domanski for Bite Down Little Whisper (Brick Books), New Brunswick’s Valerie Sherrard in the children’s text category for Counting Back from Nine (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) and honorary Maritimer Robert Majzels, who translated Monctonian France Daigle’s…