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Flanker Press celebrates 20 years

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Flanker Press—which began as a self-publishing venture in 1994 in St. John’s, NL, with the release of Garry Cranford’s book, Newfoundland Schooner Norma & Gladys: Her Story of Industry, Mutiny & Triumph—is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Now located in Paradise, NL, the company has eight full-time employees and has published over 200 books, including many award winners and best-sellers. Congratulations to Flanker! Check out their redesigned…

National Poetry Month

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April 2014 marks the 16th anniversary of National Poetry Month, which was established in Canada by the League of Canadian Poets. National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. It also celebrates libraries and the work of mayors and municipalities to promote literacy and reading. Communities and businesses…

Dublin Literary Award

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The longlist for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award was announced on November 11, 2013.  The list, which features 152 titles, 11 of which are Canadian,  includes several authors who have an Atlantic connection, including Ben Stephenson, originally from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and currently living in Montreal, who has been nominated for his first novel, A Matter of Life and Death or Something. Other…

ReLit Award Winners

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The 2013 ReLit Awards, founded by Newfoundland filmmaker, journalist and author Kenneth J. Harvey, were announced in late December, 2013. The awards recognize poetry, short fiction and novels published by independent Canadian publishers. The winner in the short fiction category was Ian Rogers, for Every House is Haunted (CZP); for poetry, Steven Price for Omens in the Year of the Ox (Brick Books); the winning novel…

Instant Hook Literary Award

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Newfoundland author Paul Butler’s HB Creativity has announced the winner and the runners up for the Instant Hook Literary Award for 2013–14. The contest called for entries of the first 250 words of a novel draft or novel-in-progress; the winner was Nathan Downey for his novel-in-progress After Batavia. Runners-up were Michelle Lacroix for Set Adrift and Daniel S. Rubin for Floater.  

PEI Literary Awards

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The 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards were held in PEI in late October, 2013. The awards honour Island writers and those dedicated to the literary arts. Freelance writer and poet Yvette Doucette received the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts of PEI. The Joseph Sherman Award for Special Contribution to the Literary Arts on PEI went to Lori Cheverie of Bookmark….

Atlantic Book Awards

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The nominations are in for this year’s crop of Atlantic Book Awards, which acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing. This year, Atlantic Book Festival celebrations will be held May 14–21 in all four Atlantic provinces, leading up to the big awards gala on May 21 at the Delta Prince Edward / PEI Convention Centre in Charlottetown. New this year: the PEI Book Awards…