Noting Members’ Accomplishments
Heather Whaley has once again been awarded the privilege of professionally producing her concert series StoryFusion Cabaret! for Storytelling Toronto. The series, in its fourth year, is funded through Storytelling Toronto, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council and takes place in the city. The concerts offer a unique platform for professional storytellers…[October 2017] Learn more…
Ingrid Ruthig‘s solo exhibition Re|Visions, builds on a series of 120 portrait-and-biography diptychs of women creators selected from throughout history. “Re|Visions” can be viewed at Station Gallery from October 14 and an official reception will be held on Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. [October 2017] Learn more about Re|Visions
Sue Reynolds and James Dewar
Kevin Thomas Craig
Kevin’s sixth Young Adult novel, Pride Must Be A Place, will be released on February 6th, 2018. [September 2017]
SHELL GAME, a psycho-social cat dramedy with death and laughs, has been successfully launched on Amazon! After a three-day free giveaway, Shell Game reached Top 10 status in satire for about two hours and made it to #271 overall for Canada, on Amazon.ca, and also stayed in the top 20 for three days on Amazon.com. [September 2017]
Traitor’s Knot has been awarded a coveted Discovered Diamond Award and has been selected for a Discovered Diamond Book of the Month award. Traitor’s Knot was recently featured in BookBub and shot up as an Amazon bestseller in Canada and Australia, while being #1 in its category for the UK. Traitor’s Knot was launched at Station Gallery in July; more than 50 people attended. [September 2017]
CBC notified WCDR that Phil Dwyer’s Where the Spine Meets the Head was selected for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction prize longlist. [September 2017]
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has announced that Girl Mans Up is one of the finalists for the Amy Mathers Teen Award, one of eight major awards for Canadian children’s books. The winners of the English-language awards will be announced at an invitation-only gala event at The Carlu in Toronto on November 21, 2017. [September 2017]
Louise Bernice Halfe
Louise is the winner of the Raymond Souster Award, one of the League of Canadian Poets 2017 awards, for her book Burning in this Midnight Dream, published by Coteau Books. The award was announced at a ceremony in Toronto on June 10th. [August 2017]
For her ongoing and invaluable help and support to WCDR, Sherry has been voted WCDR Member of the Year – 2017. Most recently, Sherry devoted much time and effort to editing the Phoenix Anthology, a collection of stories by 19 WCDR authors.
Sherry is a full-time editor/writer/professor. She lives with her family, including a mischievous calico tabby cat, in Whitby, Ontario. She loves animals, chocolate, books, and coffee, though not necessarily in that order. Read more about Sherry... [June 2017]
Patrick Meade has won for all five poems submitted to the Eden Mills Literary Contest in May. Patrick will receive his award at a ceremony during the Eden Mills 2017 Writers’ Festival, in September. [August 2017]
Cryssa’s novel, Traitor’s Knot, was launched at Station Gallery on July 27th, 2017 and is available on Amazon. [August 2017]
Murder at Mother’s by Maighread MacKay was released on July 4, 2017 and is now available on Amazon.
Heather M O’Connor and Erin L. Thomas
Heather M. O’Connor and Erin L. Thomas are among 27 members of Canada’s creative community who have been awarded grants through The Access Copyright Foundation (ACF). The Foundation promotes and supports Canadian culture by providing grants (Events, Professional Development, and the Marian Hebb Research Grant) to assist with the development and distribution of publishable Canadian works.
Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal – The Story of the Victoria Rifles – 60th Battalion in Great War will be published by the UK-based Helion & Company and will be launched in the UK and Canada in June 2018.
This high praise for M-E and her story about Pen, a teenage girl who prefers to dress like a boy, was garnered in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category. Girl Mans Up is currently a finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
The Lammys celebrate LGBTQ literature in a wide range of genres. In total, five books with Canadian ties were among this year’s recipients.
This Being, a poetry collection by Ingrid Ruthig, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has won the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The national prize, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. Ingrid, was presented with the $1000 prize at the evening awards ceremony on June 10th, during the League’s annual conference in Toronto. Previous Lampert Award winners include Rosemary Sullivan, Steven Heighton, Elisabeth Harvor, and Stephanie Bolster.
From the jurors: “Formally elegant, Ruthig’s poetry is smooth and reflects an impeccable ear. Ruthig picks up an idea and unspools it to its end with precision and calmness. This is a book that took its time to be made and for its performance, being consistently excellent from front to back. Her poems read as sonic and ‘sombre supplicant to the whims/ of living, age, genetics, and weather’ fashioned into a ‘stronghold of I.’”
has been published by Endeavour Press! Traitor’s Knot is available through Amazon http://mybook.to/TraitorsKnot
“Traitor’s Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.”
Dawn submitted a short story in early May to The Little Bird Writing Contest, run by Sarah Selecky. Winners will be announced in June; winning stories will be published in an annual short fiction anthology, Little Bird Stories.
Dave’s first novel, The Cabin: A Murder Mystery is now available as a Kobo e-book and on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca as a Kindle e-book and paperback print on demand book. WDF Publishing
Dave has also launched Frozen North, a website which features mainly country songs written or co-written by songwriting partners Dave Frolick and Bill Osmond, along with many other talented songwriters.
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard has been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category. The Kobo shortlist comprises 18 works in three categories—Non-fiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction.
Girls Mans Up is “about a gender-nonconforming teen who struggles to own her identity as a girl when she looks and acts like a boy and everyone around her expects her to be one or the other.” Read more about Girl Mans Up
Maria and four other writers have published an anthology of five short stories, Walking Through and Other Stories, which was featured on CBC Radio’s Here and Now Book Club. Walking Through book launches and signings will take place on May 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chapters, Durham Centre, 90 Kingston Road, Ajax; May 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Artfest on the Esplanade, Pickering Civic Complex, One The Esplanade, Pickering; June 3, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Chapters, Square One, 189 Rathburn Road West, Mississauga.
Six out of the eight finalists and award winners for the Scugog Council for the Arts literary contest are, or were, participants in Sue’s classes and workshops. Sue also published her honourable mention poem Her First First Nations Boyfriend in Vallum this month.
Renee’s poem has been accepted by the Canadian writing magazine, Prairie Fire.
Stanley R. Taylor
Although Lee Valley declined Stanley’s request to include his book Taylor’s Pneumatic Toys in their inventory, the woodworking & gardening tools retailer offered Stanley the opportunity to teach children how to make the pneumatically controlled Canadarm. Stanley will teach workshops in the Vaughan store on June 10th and in the Scarborough store on June 17th. Stanley has just returned from Maine, where he taught three classes on how to build balsawood gliders with control surfaces as part of the Space Day Maine.
The Clay Girl has been shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Literary Fiction category and long-listed for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors. The Kobo shortlist comprises 18 works in three categories—Non-fiction, Literary Fiction and Genre Fiction. The Frank Hegyi Award Long List comprises 10 books from a field of 41 submissions from across Canada. The Frank Hegyi Award is Canada’s newest literary award.
“The Clay Girl is a beautiful tour de force about a child sculpted by kindness, cruelty, and the extraordinary power of imagination, and her families — the one she’s born in to and the one she creates…” Read more about The Clay Girl
Aisha entered the Simcoe Writers Word for Word Contest as well as the Scugog Arts Prose Contest.
Jackie entered Outfox, the magazine she co-founded with WCDR member Jaq C. Reed, into the “Best Magazines 2017″ contest through the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Outfox is for kids on the autism spectrum and is full of fun, facts, jokes and contests, all wrapped up in the message YOU ARE AWESOME. This magazine also involves WCDR members Stan Taylor and Jesse Cameron.
Stephanie won 5th place in the Institute of Children’s LIterature Middle Grade Adventure Contest.
Rich was invited to present bread baking as Lucy Maud Montgomery did in the early 1900s vs. today, and to talk at the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society luncheon series.
Ingrid Ruthig is pleased to announce that her most recent book, THIS BEING, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, has been shortlisted for the 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets, recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. The winners of this and other LCP awards will be announced on June 10 at an awards ceremony in Toronto. Previous Lampert winners include Rosemary Sullivan, Steven Heighton, and Stephanie Bolster. View the official announcement at: http://poets.ca/2017/04/05/2017-awards-shortlists/.
Ruth was interviewed twice: this month on Storylines in Muskoka FM and last month on Words on the Hill in Northumberland FM.