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Harbour and Nightwood Authors Garner Five ReLit Award Nominations

Posted: February 23, 2005

The ReLit Award Longlist was announced on February 21, and three Nightwood authors and two Harbour authors have been nominated for this national literary award.

In the novel category, Anne Cameron has been nominated for Dahlia Cassidy (Harbour), a rollicking, hilarious satire about relationships featuring a cast of unforgettable characters struggling to make sense of life in a small coastal town. Jurors for the novel prize are Paul Quarrington and Darren Greer.

In the poetry category, Patrick Lane made the longlist for his stunning collection Go Leaving Strange (Harbour), which explores the darker side of human consciousness and desire. Sina Queyras was nominated for her second volume of poetry, Teethmarks (Nightwood). She offers a cutting examination of contemporary society, from the personal to the global. The other two Nightwood poets to garner nominations are Laisha Rosnau and Triny Finlay. Rosnau’s debut poetry book, Notes on Leaving, features poignant poems that address life in a startlingly direct and honest voice, combining forthrightness and delicately crafted verse. Finlay’s Splitting Off—also a debut collection—pushes poetic form and language, offering images of love and loss that are at once playful and profoundly disturbing. Jurors for the poetry award are Mary Dalton and Souvankham Thammavongsa.

The ReLit Awards were founded in 2000 as an alternative to the big-money prizes and are open to books published by independent Canadian literary publishers. Winners in each category receive a specially-designed ring by Newfoundland goldsmith Christopher Kearney. The shortlists will be announced in mid-May with the winners trumpeted at bonfire beach parties in Newfoundland and British Columbia in late June. For more information, or to view the entire longlist, visit the Relit Awards.