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Quebec Writers’ Federation releases literary award shortlists

The Quebec Writers’ Federation has revealed the shortlists for the 2014 QWF Literary Awards, which will be handed out at a gala in Montreal on Nov. 18. The theme of the event, to be hosted by author Merilyn Simonds, is “celebrating great women of words.”

The awards recognize English-language writing in Quebec, with winners in each of the six categories receiving $2,000. The shortlisted titles were selected by a panel of judges, including Anakana Schofield, Johanna Skibsrud, Sue Goyette, and Robert Priest.

Jon Paul Fiorentino, Sean Michaels, and Monique Polak scored two spots apiece across the categories.

The shortlists are:

Concordia University First Book Prize

  • Anna Leventhal, Sweet Affliction (Invisible Publishing)
  • Sean Michaels, Us Conductors (Random House Canada)
  • Caroline Vu, Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing)

QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

  • Marie-Louise Gay, Any Questions? (Groundwood Books)
  • Monique Polak, Hate Mail (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Monique Polak, Straight Punch (Orca)

Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction

  • Jon Paul Fiorentino, I’m Not Scared of You or Anything (Anvil Press)
  • Sean Michaels, Us Conductors (Random House Canada)
  • Guillaume Morissette, New Tab (Véhicule Press/Esplanade Books)

Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction

  •  Issa J. Boullata, The Bells of Memory (Linda Leith Publishing)
  • Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre, The Morning After: The 1995 Referendum and the Day that Almost Was (Knopf Canada)
  • Margaret Lock, The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging (Princeton University Press)

A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry

  • Angela Carr, Here In There (Bookthug)
  • Jon Paul Fiorentino, Needs Improvement (Coach House Books)
  • Sina Queyras, M x T (Coach House)
  • Gillian Sze, Peeling Rambutan (Gaspereau Press)