Canadian Literary Awards

Also from the Book and Periodical Council…  We have a few of these already on the shelf.  Drop by and sign one out for the summer.  Watch for the rest in September…

2014 CAA Literary Awards Revealed

Posted: 21 Jun 2014 11:54 AM PDT

From the Canadian Authors Association

June 21, 2014 – Tonight the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards competition during the CanWrite! Conference and Retreat in Orillia, Ontario.

Joseph Boyden was awarded the CAA Fiction Award for The Orenda (Penguin Group Canada). Boyden  receives a silver medal and $2000 cash prize. The shortlist for this award included Anthony De Sa (Kicking the Sky) and Claire Mulligan (The Dark).

Charlotte Gray was named the recipient of the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country (HarperCollins Canada), and she also receives a silver medal and $2000 prize. This year’s Canadian History shortlist included Ruth Holmes Whitehead (Black Loyalists: Southern Settlers of Nova Scotia’s First Free Black Communities) and David O’Keefe (One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe).

Renée Sarojini Saklikar won the CAA Poetry Award for children of air india (Nightwood Editions). Saklikar receives a silver medal and $2000 prize. The shortlist also included Catherine Graham (Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects) and Tom Wayman (Winter’s Skin).

Grace O’Connell won the Emerging Writer Award for a promising writer under 30; her achievements include the novel Magnified World (Knopf Canada). O’Connell receives a $500 prize. The shortlist included Kim Fu (For Today I Am a Boy) and Michael Hingston (The Dilettantes).

The awards finalists were announced at the Canadian Authors’ annual literary awards gala, held at the Best Western Plus Mariposa Inn and Conference Centre in Orillia, Ontario.


LGBT Emerging Writers Award

From the Book and Periodical Council e-newsletter…

Writers’ Trust Presents Award for Emerging Writers from LGBT Community

Posted: 23 Jun 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Dayne Ogilvie Prize Announced During World Pride in Toronto

from the Writers’ Trust of Canada

Find more information on the Writers’ Trust website, or in a story from CBC Books.

Toronto, ON – June 23, 2014 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced this evening that Tamai Kobayashi has won the 8th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Two additional honours were given to Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore.

The $4,000 prize is given annually to an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer whose published work demonstrates great literary promise. The winner was announced at an event hosted by activist and NOW magazine editor Susan G. Cole at the NOW Lounge in Toronto.

Born in Japan, raised in Canada, Tamai Kobayashi is a writer and screenwriter. She is the author of two story collections, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic. Her vivid, electric prose has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Her first novel, Prairie Ostrich, published by Goose Lane Editions in March 2014, is the story of coming out and coming of age in a sleepy rural town. Tamai lives in Toronto.

A jury composed of author and artist Anna Camilleri, Cree poet Connie Fife, and memoirist Bill Whitehead selected Kobayashi as the winner. Their jury citation states:

Tamai Kobayashi’s writing is poetic, funny, and compassionate. With innovative and electric language, she creates thought-provoking narrative with heart, humour, and remarkable insight. In Prairie Ostrich, she has drawn a compelling young character, Egg Murakami, who guides us through the fault lines and intersections of family, loss, and otherness. This novel is for anyone who has spent time on the outside, looking in.

In recognition of their literary achievements, Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore each received an Honour of Distinction and $250 in prize money.

Transgender musician and author Rae Spoon’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the Transgender Fiction category. Earlier this year, Arsenal Pulp Press released Spoon’s Gender Failure, a poignant collection of autobiographical essays, lyrics, and images co-authored with Ivan E. Coyote. Spoon lives in Montreal.

Proma Tagore was born in Kolkata, India, and immigrated to Canada at the age of four. She lives in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories. Tagore edited the anthology In Our Own Voices: Learning and Teaching Toward Decolonisation, and is the author of The Shapes of Silence: Writing by Women of Colour and the Politics of Testimony. Her first book of poetry, language is not the only thing that breaks, is a reflection of the effects of racism and migration on the body.

“The Dayne Ogilvie Prize provides emerging writers with industry support and with encouragement from their peers at a pivotal moment,” said Mary Osborne, executive director of the Writers’ Trust. “Not only do writers receive a tremendous psychological boost, but the award establishes them in the eyes of the publishing industry as being writers to watch.”


 About the Prize

Established in 2007 and funded by an endowment established by artist Robin Pacific, the Dayne Ogilvie Prize annually rewards emerging writers whose body of work demonstrates great potential. Canadian writers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and who have published at least one book are eligible. Although the grant has no age restriction, it is intended to reward developing writers. Past winners include Michael V. Smith, Zoe Whittall, and Amber Dawn.

About Dayne Ogilvie

Dayne Ogilvie was a highly respected freelance book editor, writer, and literary manager. A passionate lover of all the arts, he was the managing editor of Xtra magazine for several years.

About the Writers’ Trust

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.

Library Overdues


Thanks to everyone who has been returning their overdue Library items.  Please keep them coming.

If you are returning books during the exam period…  Please note that the Library is being used for exams all day long.  There is a box labelled “Library” on the bench in the Main Office.  Please drop off your returns to the box, and we will clear it periodically throughout the day.

Happy Bloomsday!

A day to celebrate all things James Joyce.  And especially for you, from Open Culture…

Since its publication in 1922, James Joyce’s Ulysses has enjoyed a status, in various places and in various ways, as The Book to Read. Alas, this Modernist novel of Dublin on June 16, 1904 has also attained a reputation as The Book You Probably Can’t Read — or at least not without a whole lot of work on the side. In truth, nobody needs to turn themselves into a Joyce scholar to appreciate it; the uninitiated reader may not enjoy it on every possible level, but they can still, without a doubt, get a charge from this piece of pure literature. Today, on this Bloomsday 2014, we offer you everything that may help you get that charge, starting with Ulysses as a free eBook (iPad/iPhone – Kindle + Other Formats – Read Online Now). Or perhaps you’d prefer to listen to the novel as a free audio book; you can even hear a passage read by Joyce himself.

Read, listen and see more at Open Culture.

Also see Anthony Burgess’ lost introduction to Joyce’s Dubliners, now online.

Library Contest Winners

The ESA Library is pleased to announce the following winners of the Summer Reads Draw, as well as the inaugural ESA Library Poetry Contest…

Summer Reads 2014: Congratulations to our Summer Reads winners.

  • Parent: Lisa Bendall
  • Staff: Natasha Brault
  • Students: Caroline Biel, Alana Park, Lindsay Roland-Mills, Natasha Bhanushali and Emily Badgely.

If you did not collect your book prize yesterday, please drop by the Library on Contact Day to collect it.

Also…  be sure to check the ESA Library Pinterest page by the end of today, where all of our Summer Reads recommended books will be posted.


ESA Library Poetry Contest: Congratulations to our winners.

  • Third Place: Lauryn Withnell
  • Second Place: Cristina daPonte
  • First Place: Charlie McLaughlin

If you did not collect your prize yesterday, please drop by the Library on Contact Day to collect it.



Student Vote 2014: ESA Results

The moment has arrived.  I am now able to announce the results of our ESA Student Vote 2014.

Drumroll please…

  • CHOO , P. C. – New Democratic Party of Ontario – Votes: 77…  32% of the popular vote
  • MILCZYN , PETER – Ontario Liberal Party – Votes: 68…  29% of the popular vote
  • SALEWSKY , ANGELA – Green Party of Ontario – Votes: 37… 16% of the popular vote
  • HOLYDAY , DOUG – Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario – Votes: 24… 10% of the popular vote

From the folks at Civix, who brought us Student Vote 2014:

  • By the end of the school day, 167,416 votes were reported from 1261 schools representing all 107 electoral districts in the province.
  • The complete results will be available on our website as soon as the polls close (tentatively scheduled for 9:00pm). Three districts will be held back due to late closing of polls, they are Trinity—Spadina (9:30), Dufferin—Caledon (9:30) and Kenora—Rainy River (10:00).
  • Link: (link will become live and publicly available at approx 9pm)
  • On this page you will find a written summary of the results and you will be able to access the province-wide summary, results by electoral district and individual school results.
  • We do not have a formal partnership with a broadcast partner so there will not be dedicated time on one particular station. However we are hoping that some stations will pick up the story and share the results.
  • Many daily newspapers have committed to publishing the results, including the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Waterloo Record, Sault Star, Barrie Examiner, Orillia Packet & Times, Northumberland Today and hopefully many more.

Come back again and join us for another exciting round in the upcoming Municipal Elections, this October.


LATER UPDATE from Student Vote 2014:  This graphic shows the distribution of student vote in Etobicoke Lakeshore.  Click on graphic for larger image.

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