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2021 Doug Wright Awards

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The Doug Wright Awards are pleased to announce this year’s nominees, selected from works published by Canadian creators in the 2020 calendar year.
Familiar Face

Familiar Face

edition:Hardcover
tagged : literary

The bodies of citizens and the infrastructure surrounding them is constantly updating. People can?t recognize themselves in old pictures, and they wake up in apartments of completely different sizes and shapes. Commuter routes radically differ day to day. The citizens struggle with adaptability as updates happen too quickly, and the changes are far too radical to be intuitive. There is no way to resist?the updates are enacted by a nameless, faceless force.

Familiar Face's narrator works in the go …

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Constantly

Constantly

by GG
edition:Paperback

A poetic meditation rendered in beautiful pastels and black line on managing and struggling to get through the small tasks of every day. The claustrophobia of thought and the crippling of anxiety make any house haunted, any body possessed.

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Paul at Home

Paul at Home

edition:Paperback
tagged : literary

An affecting exploration of the ways our roles as parents and children change over a lifetime

Paul at Home is Quebecois superstar Michel Rabagliati's most personal book yet, a riveting, emotional, and frequently amusing take on the losses and loneliness of being closer to retirement than to university. Paul is in his mid-50s, a successful cartoonist with an achy shoulder living in a house he once shared with his wife and daughter. The backyard is unkempt, full of weeds. A swing set sits idle, sl …

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Wendy, Master of Art

Wendy, Master of Art

edition:Hardcover
tagged : literary

The existential dread of making (or not making) art takes center stage in this trenchant satire of MFA culture

Wendy is an aspiring contemporary artist whose adventures have taken her to galleries, art openings, and parties in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Toronto. In Wendy, Master of Art, Walter Scott's sly wit and social commentary zero in on MFA culture as our hero decides to hunker down and complete a master of fine arts at the University of Hell in small-town Ontario.

Finally Wendy has space to ref …

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Langosh & Peppi

Langosh & Peppi

Fugitive Days
edition:Paperback

This debut graphic novel tells the story of the 2015 European "migrant crisis" in Budapest, Hungary through the perspective of Langosh and Peppi, a vagabond and his faithful dog. The pair brings to mind an older, down-on-their-luck Tintin and Snowy with adventures to match. A semi-autobiographical work based on Post's own experiences, Langosh and Peppi escape the pressures of conformity by exploring out-of-the-way places, where they stumble on the vestiges of the war torn region's hidden past. W …

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Awkward Pause

Awkward Pause

illustrated by Ryan Harby
edition:Paperback

Awkward Pause is an anthology collection curated from Ryan Harby's popular online comic series Honey Dill. A love letter to odd humour, Awkward Pause is a mix of joy and sorrow, both soft and sharp. The book includes over 50 comics, which range in topic from mental health to time travel, murder, and butts. Absurd and strange in ways that will warm even the coldest of hearts.

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A Slug Story

A Slug Story

edition:Paperback
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Marcus is an enthusiastic young boy, but when ridiculed at school, he begins to feel that his best efforts are second-rate. His confidence already low, Marcus suffers a serious brain injury. While in the hospital, and with the help of fellow patient Emily, Marcus learns to embrace the reality of who he is. Mixing fact and fantasy, A Slug Story is a semi-autobiographical, middle-grade, graphic novel by Mandi Kujawa (Jacqueline the Singing Crow) and her daughter Hana, engagingly Illustrated by Cla …

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