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The essays of Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

I do think that there are works that everyone should read because they tell us who we are as human beings living in history. I would start with the Bible, the Odyssey and the Iliad, the works of Sophocles, Chaucer, Shakespeare. I think everyone should read David Copperfield, Middlemarch, Wuthering Heights, the essays of Virginia Woolf, not only because they will — by a sort of osmosis — improve one’s prose style, but because they can also sharpen one’s ability to think logically, to follow an argument and understand a complex sentence.   —Francine Prose

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Soraya Peerbaye, TELL: Poems For A Girlhood, Winner 2016 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, Finalist 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Soraya Peerbaye, Toronto, Tell: poems for a girlhood, Pedlar Press

Reena Virk was a girl of South Asian descent who was murdered on November 14th, 1997, in Saanich, British Columbia. At least eight young people participated in the initial assault, while more looked on. Seven of her assailants were girls; five were white. Virk rose from that beating and walked north across a bridge toward home. Her drowned body was found in the Gorge Waterway. In Tell: poems for a girlhood, without a trace of sentimentality and with heart-wrenching courage, Soraya Peerbaye gathers evidence into an entire poetic vision of contemporary adolescent fury and angst.

S Peerbaye Soraya Peerbaye’s first collection of poetry, Poems for the Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her poems have appeared in Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Women Poets, as well as the literary journals Other Voices, Prairie Fire and The New Quarterly; she has also contributed to the chapbook anthology Translating Horses. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Peerbaye lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

More nominations

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Sara Tilley’s novel Duke was nominated for the 2016 NL Book Awards.

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WINNER

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

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Winter in Tilting:  Slide Hauling in a Newfoundland Outport

by Robert Mellin

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And the best news is: all these winning and nominated titles—Duke (Sara Tilley), Winter in Tilting (Robert Mellin), The Poison Colour (Maureen Hynes), Tell: poems for a girlhood (Soraya Peerbaye), Strangers & Others (Stan Dragland), Light (Souvankham Thammavongsa), The Outside World (Barry Dempster), Subduction Zone (Emily McGiffin), How You Were Born (Kate Cayley) — and all the other brilliant works by Pedlar authors CAN BE PURCHASED, CAN BE READ — without 15% tax, at libraries to which you can walk from your house — for at least the next few weeks.

 

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2016 Griffin Poetry Prize shortlist

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2016 International and Canadian Shortlist