7 Ways to Sunday Launches!
Lee Kvern’s much-anticipated new collection contains stories which revolve around humanity in all its flawed glory: an artist’s girlfriend dies by mistake; a mother holds surveillance on her son’s foray into drugs; a sibling’s jealousy toward her sickly brother; a father’s death; a mother’s fear for her unbridled, grade two son; a woman with a hijab in the modern world of Save-on groceries. An arborist, his wife and a Shar-Pei are in need of an attitude adjustment; a dying senior looks back over her life, her children, her lost love; RCMP and prostitutes come for tea on a Wednesday afternoon.
From the heartbreaking to hilarious, Lee Kvern has amassed a remarkable collection.
Manitoba Book Awards
300 Years of Beer, penned by local beer aficionados Bill Wright and Dave Craig, is up for three awards. The illustrated history is up for the Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the Manuela Dias Book Design of the Year, and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott’s hit Stuck in the Middle is shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. The Fall by Colleen Nelson is up for the McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award. We hope to see Colleen as the two-time winner of this category (her first novel, Tori By Design, received the award in 2012)!
You can find all of the nominees on the Manitoba Writer’s Guild website. The Awards Ceremony takes place Sunday, April 27th at the West End Cultural Centre. Congratulations to all of those nominated for the Manitoba Book Awards!
Jan Andrews is on the CLA Shortlist
The Canadian Library Association has announced the shortlist for the Young Adult Book Award, and we are delighted to see The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley in this list of top 10 books.
The CLA Young Adult Book Award recognizes the author of an outstanding English-language Canadian work of fiction for readers age 13 to 18. Great Plains Teen Fiction sends congratulations to Jan Andrews and to all of the 2014 nominees. Bravo!