October.05.2018.

Homes: A Refugee Story in the Edmonton Journal

Homes: A Refugee Story, by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction this week! In her last column for the Edmonton Journal, new Senator Paula Simons chatted with Abu Bakr and Winnie about receiving the nomination and about the journey the book has gone through.

Although Abu Bakr gets top billing on the book jacket, it was Yeung who crafted the book based on her extensive interviews with her student and his family. The words are hers. The truth, she insists, is his. . . “It’s pretty surreal. Never, ever, in all my big hopes for this book did I think that this could happen. It’s beyond my wildest dreams.”

You can read the full column here.



October.03.2018.

Homes: A Refugee Story shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction

Congratulations to Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, whose Homes: A Refugee Story is a finalist for the 2018 Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction!

Congratulations to all of the finalists:

  • Dead Reckoning by Carys Cragg
  • The Wife’s Tale by Aida Edemariam
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • Mamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeod
  • Homes by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah with Winnie Yeung

The Governor General’s Literary Awards will be presented in Ottawa on November 28.



September.17.2018.

Freehand wins at the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards

Freehand was honoured to take home three prizes at the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards this weekend:

  • Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year Award for Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt
  • Alberta Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award for The Unravelling by Clem and Olivier Martini
  • Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence to Rosemary Nixon for her work with Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and finalists! You can see the full list of finalists here.



September.13.2018.

What the Soul Doesn’t Want shortlisted for the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize

Congratulations to Lorna Crozier, whose poetry collection What the Soul Doesn’t Want is a finalist for the 2018 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize!

The finalists are:

The award will be presented at the Victoria Book Prizes on October 17. Tickets to the gala are available at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/victoria-book-prizes-2018-awards-gala-tickets-47924656939.



August.16.2018.

Keith Maillard in Quill and Quire

In their Fall 2018 preview, Quill and Quire calls Keith Maillard “one of this country’s consummate stylists . . . Twin Studies is a magnum opus that examines issues of gender fluidity, sexuality, class, and family dynamics.” The September issue of Quill and Quire also offers a profile of Maillard: he’s “an unabashed advocate of lengthy, complex novels. ‘If I like a book, I like it to be big, because I like to go into the world it creates and live there awhile.'”

In the profile, Maillard also discusses how he sees his role as a creative writing instructor, his own self-identification, and the future of writing in Canada. Twin Studies will be available in September.



August.16.2018.

All Lit Up interview with Ali Bryan

Ali Bryan’s The Figgs is the book club pick for August over on All Lit Up (head on over to get 15%!). This week, Ali chatted with All Lit Up about writing without an outline, juggling families of five (both real families and fictional families), and a personal realization about managing expectations. You can read the full interview here.



August.07.2018.

Canadian Literature reviews Lorna Crozier’s What the Soul Doesn’t Want

For Canadian Literature, Lorraine York reviews Lorna Crozier’s poetry collection What the Soul Doesn’t Want, alongside Wendy Donawa’s Thin Air of the Knowable and Molly Peacock’s The Analyst. You can read the full review here.

 



July.27.2018.

iBooks reviews Twin Studies by Keith Maillard

The team at iBooks has a glowing early review of Keith Maillard’s upcoming novel, Twin Studies:

“Maillard’s generous affection for his characters is matched by his vividly real depictions of Vancouver. His fascinating exploration of wealth, class, and gender fluidity reads like a 21st-century Canadian version of Dickens’ London novels.”

You can pre-order Twin Studies from iBooks here.



July.11.2018.

Kerry on Can Lit reviews Searching for Petronius Totem

Kerry on Can Lit examines Peter Unwin’s latest novel, Searching for Petronius Totem:

Let me get straight to the point. This is a brilliant book: a savagely satirical romp, a slaughterhouse for sacred cows (tender sensibilities beware) an eulogy for the Romantic hero, a fever dream of early 21st century anxiety, a midlife identity crisis, and a voyage of self-discovery. Simultaneously poignant and absurd . . .

Kerry on Can Lit promises “serious but accessible exploration of current Canadian literature,” and you can read the full review here.



July.03.2017.

Finalists for 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Announced

Congratulations to the finalists for the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Awards, announced today by the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. You can view the full list of finalists here.

And special congratulations to our own authors up for the awards:

  • Alison Watt’s debut novel Dazzle Patterns is a finalist for the 2018 Alberta Trade Fiction Book of the Year Award
  • Clem Martini and Olivier Martini’s The Unravelling is shortlisted for the 2018 Alberta Trade Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award

The awards will be presented in Calgary on September 14, 2018.