Iva Cheung has won the 2011 Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for her work on Cow: A Bovine Biography (Greystone Books). Written by Florian Werner, and translated from German by Doris Ecker, the book draws on music, literature, and visual art to study the cultural history and significance of cows.
Cheung received the award at the Editor’s Association of Canada banquet in Ottawa on June 2. On her blog, she thanked all involved in the honour:
Thanks to the EAC for having this award in the first place, and thanks to the donors, awards committee, and judges for this tremendous honour ¦ I’m extremely grateful to Nancy Flight for nominating me. When one of your most respected mentors deems your work worthy of an award, the nomination truly is an honour unto itself.
The EAC established the annual award in 1983 to recognize editors’ contributions to a work. Winners receive a cash prize of $2000. Editors Andrea Douglas, Heather Ball, and Jean Wilson served as judges for this year’s competition.
Other editors shortlisted for the prize were Smaro Kaboureli for In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing by Roy Miki (NeWest Press), and Peter Midgley for The Man in Blue Pyjamas by Jalal Barzanji, translated by Sabah Salih (The University of Alberta Press). Each received $500.