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Quebec Writers' Federation Awards 2013 Shortlists

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The QWF Awards Shortlists were announced on October 9 2013
Bone and Bread

Bone and Bread

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Winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

Beena and Sadhana are sisters who share a bond that could only have been shaped by the most unusual of childhoods — and by shared tragedy. Orphaned as teenagers, they have grown up under the exasperated watch of their Sikh uncle, who runs a bagel shop in Montreal's Hasidic community of Mile End. Together, they try to make sense of the rich, confusing brew of values, rituals, and beliefs that form their inhe …

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World of Glass

World of Glass

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Chloé has just settled into Montreal after the rupture of her relationship with Justin in Toronto. She takes a job as an advertising representative for an upscale consumer magazine, and is immediately swept off her feet by Claude, the editor. Her reconnection with her French Canadian soul is initially exhilarating, but soon turns out to be disastrous. She loses her footing and enters her own world of glass, a fragile, hypersensitive realm that eventually shatters. In this strongly cinematic nar …

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Beach Reading

Beach Reading

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Lorne Elliott’s new novel, Beach Reading, takes us back to the early 1970s on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island, where a hilarious and colourful cast of Lorne Elliott characters are engaged in uproarious political, financial, musical, amorous, and ecological shenanigans. Our young hero, Christian, is an eloquently wry and precocious university drop-out, who has never savoured the wonders of women or alcohol. A budding naturalist raised in central Canada, he arrives on PEI for a summer jo …

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The Book of Immortality

The Book of Immortality

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What have we not done to live forever? Adam Leith Gollner, the critically acclaimed author of The Fruit Hunters, weaves together religion, science, and mythology in a gripping exploration of the most universal of human obsessions: immortality.
 
Raised without religion, Adam Leith Gollner was struck by mankind’s tireless efforts to cheat aging and death. In a narrative that pivots between profundity and hilarity, he brings us into the world of those whose lives are shaped by a belief in immor …

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The Water Here Is Never Blue

The Water Here Is Never Blue

Intrigue And Lies From An Uncommon Childhood
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In the 1970s, Shelagh Plunkett, a teenage girl from Vancouver, travels with her middle-class family to Guyana and Indonesia, where her father, a civil engineer, has been posted to help with those countries’ water systems. On the surface, she lives a protected life, attending girls’ schools run by nuns and surrounded by household staff. But there is also a fearlessness and recklessness in the girl—a hotel tryst at fifteen, swimming with piranhas, and cavorting with monkeys.

The secrecy and …

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Slouching Towards Sirte

Slouching Towards Sirte

NATO'S War on Libya and Africa
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NATO’s war in Libya was proclaimed as a humanitarian intervention—bombing in the name of “saving lives.” Attempts at diplomacy were stifled. Peace talks were subverted. Libya was barred from representing itself at the UN, where shadowy NGOs and “human rights” groups held full sway in propagating exaggerations, outright falsehoods, and racial fear mongering that served to sanction atrocities and ethnic cleansing in the name of democracy. The rush to war was far speedier than Bush’s …

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Civic-mindedness of Trees, The

Civic-mindedness of Trees, The

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Winner of the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry from the Quebec Writers' Federation

Winner of the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

In The Civic-mindedness of Trees, award-winning poet Ken Howe updates the vocation of the "nature poet" for the 21st Century. These poems are witty and philosophical meditations on the haunting presence of the natural world, and on the familiar presence of humanity within it. In this book, odes to oak trees and ground squirrels renew the mysteries of plant and a …

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Barista and I, The

Barista and I, The

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Andrew Szymanski’s debut fiction collection takes on subjects such as idealized love in an illogical world, ruminations on the realities of failed relationships, and the inability to make meaningful connections. In these stories, a man recruits a sexual companion to chase his lost lover across the globe; a recent graduate remembers with bitter nostalgia his formative years; a man and woman contend with their own neuros es and anxieties in trying to pick each other up. Szymanski’s distinct vo …

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