Saturday, April 18, 2009

Alberta Literary Award Nominations

The Writers Guild of Alberta announced the finalists for the 2009 Alberta Literary Awards. Congratulations to Shawna Lemay for her book Calm Things: essays, nominated for the Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the a Literary Awards Gala on Saturday May 23, 2009 at the Hotel Arts in Calgary (119 – 12 Avenue SW) as part of The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers Guild of Alberta Limitless Sky Conference.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Alcuin Society

The Alcuin Society has announced the winners of its 27th annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The judges selected the winning titles from over 240 entries. No Palimpsest entries were short listed but I was pleased to see pictures of Calm Things and The Navel Gaze on the Alcuin Society website. The behind the scenes judging images can be found here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New Bookshelves

Before my daughter was born I had an entire wall of bookshelves built by my husband and I in a main floor spare bedroom. Since our house has only two bedrooms, the extra room (which contains this MDF monstrosity) is now Gillian's bedroom. My extensive book collection, greatly reduced as a prerequisite to domestic harmony, has been relegated to basement dwelling. New bookshelves have finally been built, four years later, but I am happy... very cold in the basement but happy.

A detail from my previous shelves.

My new bookshelves are not as pretty but quite functional.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Book Collecting

I love the look and feel of old books. A few from my own collection include Famous Sisters of Great Men (1905), The British Female Poets (1849), and The Poetical Works of Mrs. Felicia Hemans (1854).

Friday, April 3, 2009

Calm Things reviewed in Prairie Fire

Calm Things was reviewed in Prairie Fire by Susan Olding. Here is a selection:

"In part a consideration of the mysterious life of objects, in part a meditation on the art of still life, in part a love song to her husband, visual artist Robert Lemay, and in part a reflection on the craft of poetry, this is a book in the tradition of Rilke's Letters on Cezanne. A writer looks deeply at paintings, and in the exercise of her deep attention, she learns and teaches as much about the art of writing as she does about the art of painting. It is a book about one art form that guides a reader towards a deeper understanding of all art forms. It is a book that both embodies and instructs us on the need for, and place of, loving attention and receptivity in our over-crowded, jangling lives."

You can read the entire review at