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The George Ryga Centre, BC BookWorld, CBC Radio One and Okanagan College are proud to announce the Shortlist for this year’s 8th Annual George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC writing and publishing. The top three books submitted for the award are: God Of Missed Connections by Elizabeth Bachinsky (Nightwood Editions); A Thousand Dreams by Larry Campbell, Neil Boyd & Lori Culbert (Greystone), and Where The Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring (Talonbooks).
“Once again, we received a a large field of well-written submissions this year,” said John Lent of Okanagan College. “It’s maybe a sign of these times that this award draws such strength from the writing community, so many strong responses. If anyone ever thought writers weren’t engaging in the issues of our times, the books submitted for this award would convince them otherwise. In the end, these three books—a piece of non-fiction, a book of poems and a play—were the books that kept insisting themselves forward.”
This year’s winner will be announced in the Lecture Theatre of Okanagan College’s KLO Campus in Kelowna at a gala celebration of The Ryga Award on Saturday, November 6th, the last day of George Ryga Week. Excerpts from Bachinsky, Campbell and Loring’s works will be broadcast on CBC Radio One before the final winner is announced.
The Gorge: Selected Writing by Nancy Shaw launched in April, 2017 at the Western Front in Vancouver. To launch Shaw’s book, published posthumously, editor Catriona Strang read from The Gorge, and then this video was played to a rapt audience. In the video, you’ll hear the voice of Nancy Shaw, reading poems from her book Cold Trip (2006; co-authored with Catriona Strang).Tuesday April 18, 2017 in Meta-Talon
By R. Kolewe
Inspecting Nostalgia is a new collection of poetry by R. Kolewe. This, his second collection, brings together found text and fragments of various writers’ work with scraps from his own journals.
In this third week of National Poetry Month 2017, and in advance of Kolewe’s Toronto launch on May 8, please enjoy two poems from the collection on Meta-Talon.Thursday April 13, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Stephen Collis’s latest collection of poetry is nominated for the 2017 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. It rethinks the relationship between human beings and the natural world and searches for ways we can continue to resist. Today on Meta-Talon, we offer a section from “Reading Wordsworth in the Tar Sands,” the second long poem in Once in Blockadia.Monday April 10, 2017 in Meta-Talon
For you, in solidarity, during this National Poetry Month, a poem from Jónína Kirton’s new collection.
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