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We are overjoyed to announce that Victoria-based playwright Joan MacLeod has won the 2011 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, the largest theatre award given out in Canada. MacLeod was chosen, in the words of the jury, for her “unique voice, her masterful storytelling, and the impact that her work has had among audiences in Canada and beyond”.
Her works include Jewel, Toronto, Mississippi, Amigo’s Blue Guitar, The Hope Slide, The Shape of a Girl, Homechild and Another Home Invasion, all of which have been presented with great success in Toronto and Vancouver, as well as around the world, where her plays have been translated into 8 languages.
MacLeod was up against five other finalists for the 11th annual honour: Robert Chafe (Newfoundland), Jasmine Dube (Quebec), Greg MacArthur (Alberta/Quebec), Mansel Robinson (Saskatchewan) and Larry Tremblay (Quebec).
The winner receives $75,000 as well as a $25,000 protégé award, which MacLeod chose to give to Toronto playwright Anusree Roy, the rising young author of Pyaasa, Letters to my Grandmother and Brothel #9.
The holiday season is upon us, and perhaps you are considering giving the gift of a good book! Here are the most lovely and readable and immediately compelling books we have produced recently to help you in your quest. Order soon to have them delivered in the next couple of weeks! (And did you know that ours come nicely packaged?)Tuesday December 3, 2013 in Meta-Talon
by Chloë Filson
In a recent Meta-Talon article, “Reflections on Regionalism,” Megan Jones referred to the “quietly profound writers that dwell in far-off corners and dense urban hotbeds of this vast country.” This description points to one of the most important – or at least one of the most critically discussed – tensions in Canadian literature: urban vs. rural.Thursday November 28, 2013 in Meta-Talon
Tuesday November 26, 2013 in Meta-Talon
“With this magazine cover, I know it’s only a prototype, but with this cover, we decided to concentrate on the mole. This may look to you and me like an ordinary, and might I add rather famous, mole on a human face. Yet if we were to make that assumption, we would both be making a rather naive supposition.”
Candy blinked and stifled a yawn.
“Because,” roared F with wild eyes, nearly startling Candy out of her seat, “the mole is not a real mole at all!”
“Okay, Doc, I believe you. Just chill, okay.”
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