Readings and launches

July 28th, 2016 by admin

February 22, 2017 David White launches his first solo poetry collection, The Lark Ascending, at 7PM at Landon Branch of the London Public Library, London ON

March 2017 Craig Francis Power with his second novel, The.Hope. & Stan Dragland with his collection of essays on Newfoundland literary subjects, Strangers & Others, at The March Hare Festival, NL [http://themarchhare.ca/2017-programme/]

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

May 25th, 2016 by admin
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.

WINNER

April 28th, 2016 by admin

APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Sponsored by Friesens Corporation

 

PEDLAR PRESS

Winter in Tilting:  Slide Hauling in a Newfoundland Outport

by Robert Mellin

9781897141670

 

Presented annually during the Atlantic Book Awards to an Atlantic Canada publisher of the printed book which best exemplifies publishing activity in Atlantic Canada.

 

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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 — at indies across Canada, 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

April 12th, 2016 by admin

The Griffin Poetry Prize Announces the 2016 International and Canadian Shortlist

 

 

 

Sara Tilley wins the 2015 BMO Winterset Award

March 26th, 2016 by admin

March 24, 2016 (St. John’s, NL) – Sara Tilley is the winner of the 2015 BMO Winterset Award for her book Duke. The award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing, was presented today at a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.

The two other finalists were Stan Dragland for Strangers & Others (Pedlar Press, St. John’s, NL) and Leslie Vryenhoek for Ledger of the Open Hand (Breakwater Books, St. John’s).

The BMO Winterset Award is composed of a partnership between the BMO Financial Group and those involved from the start – ArtsNL and the project’s founder, writer Richard Gwyn, OC. The prize awarded to the annual winner is $12,500, while the finalists each receive $3,000. It is one of Atlantic Canada’s richest literary prizes.

Duke (Pedlar Press, St. John’s, NL) was one of 31 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) that were submitted by publishers from across the country. Books in any genre, published in 2015 were eligible. The jury consisted of Chris Brookes, Megan Gail Coles, and Randy Street.

The BMO Winterset Award honours the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, who did so much to promote a national awareness of the arts of this province. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn, OC, established the award in 2000. It is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra grew up.

Sara Tilley is a writer, theatre artist, and clown who lives and works in her hometown of St. John’s, NL. Her artistic work bridges writing, theatre, and Pochinko Clown Through Mask technique, with each discipline informing and inspiring the others. After graduating with a BFA in Acting from York University, Sara founded a feminist theatre company, She Said Yes!, in 2002. She received the Rhonda Payne Theatre Award in 2006 from ArtsNL, which acknowledges the contribution of a woman working in theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her writing spans the genres of playwriting, prose, and poetry. She has written, co-written or co-created over ten plays. Skin Room (Pedlar Press, 2008), her first novel won both the Newfoundland and Labrador Percy Janes First Novel Award, the inaugural Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers, and was shortlisted for the Winterset Award and the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize. Sara won the Lawrence Jackson Writer’s Award from ArtsNL in 2011. Her new novel, Duke (Pedlar Press, 2015), found its inspiration through her Pochinko Clown Mask work.

The BMO Winterset Award is managed by ArtsNL.