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2016 DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD Shortlist

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The Writers' Union of Canada is pleased to announce the short list of nominees for the twentieth annual DANUTA GLEED LITERARY AWARD. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2016 in the English language. The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $500.
Bad Things Happen

Bad Things Happen

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The characters in Bad Things Happen — professors, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals — are between things. Between jobs and marriages, states of sobriety, joy and anguish; between who they are and who they want to be. Kris Bertin's unforgettable debut introduces us to people at the tenuous moment before everything in their lives change, for better or worse.

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The Light that Remains

The Light that Remains

The Making of an Escape Artist
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The despair of refugees has haunted us long before the civil war in Syria. Lyse Champagne's evocative new story collection attempts to put these collective and individual tragedies into an historical context.

Two Armenian sisters write to each other in the year leading up to the deportations.&nbsp A young Ukrainian mother embroiders her life story as famine threatens.&nbsp A boy travels to Hong Kong by train while the Japanese march towards his hometown of Nanjing.&nbsp A Jewish girl collects wor …

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Twelve Miles to Midnight

Twelve Miles to Midnight

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Twelve Miles to Midnight, set for release in April of 2016, is a novel in short stories that begins on a midnight road heading north from disaster and travels to the docks of Halifax and along the Eastern seaboard. Narbonne is a former marine engineer, who, from an insider's perspective, writes stories that range from realistic tales to sometimes romantic fables, setting his chapters in isolated mining towns, sailors' bars, Cape Breton fishing villages, and onboard oil tankers off Newfoundland.

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Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

Willem De Kooning's Paintbrush

edition:Hardcover
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LONGLISTED FOR THE SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE

“Powerful. . . . Full of dark nostalgia.” —NATHAN ENGLANDER

“A literary high-wire act, not for the faint of heart.” —ALISSA YORK

An unflinching and masterful collection of award-winning stories, Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush is a career-making debut. Ranging from an island holiday gone wrong to a dive bar on the upswing to a yuppie mother in a pricey subdivision seeing her worst fears come true, these deftly written stories are populated by …

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Double Dutch

Double Dutch

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Danuta Gleed Literary Award finalist

City of Victoria Butler Book Prize finalist

Intensely imaginative and darkly emotional, the weird and wonderful stories in Double Dutch deftly alternate between fantasy and reality, transporting readers into strange worlds that are at once both familiar and uncanny — where animals are more human, and people more mysterious, than they first appear.

Shape-shifters, doppelgangers, and spirits inhabit the extraordinary worlds depicted in Trunkey’s stories: a sin …

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