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Jane Urquhart story collection to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

Jane Urquhart, Giller finalist (2001); two-time juror (1995, 2000)

(photo: Tom Sandler)

This morning, HarperCollins Canada announced the forthcoming publication of  a collection of short stories by iconic Canadian author Jane Urquhart commemorating Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The book will be a series of narratives about 100 artifacts and objects that Urquhart considers integral to Canada’s identity.

In a press release, Urquhart says, “I am very excited about this project which brings together several things I love: history, a closely examined world, the mysterious life of objects, and, of course, this country.”

A celebrated Canadian herself, Urquhart was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005, and has been awarded some of the country’s highest literary honours, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Marian Engel Award.

The collection is scheduled to be published in 2016 by the HarperCollins Canada imprint Patrick Crean Editions, anticipating nationwide celebrations already in the works for 2017.

“Jane Urquhart is one of Canada’s finest novelists,” said publisher Patrick Crean, in a statement. “This book promises to be an exquisite birthday present for the nation.”