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HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES FINALISTS AND NEW HOST 

FOR THE 28TH ANNUAL HAMILTON LITERARY AWARDS

 

November 12th, 2021 — Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 28th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards will be presented in partnership with Cable 14 on Thursday, December 16th, at 7PM (ET). The Awards celebrate excellence in works published in 2019 & 2020 from the Greater Hamilton Area. Authors will be recognized in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, and Non-fiction, in addition to the Kerry Schooley Book Award recipient. 

 

“We are so happy to partner with Cable 14 in sharing the works of finalists and award recipients with book lovers across the region”, says HAC Programs & Community Engagement Coordinator David Hudson. “Our authors, publishers, and independent booksellers are vital to ongoing learning, storytelling, and knowledge sharing throughout the Greater Hamilton Area”. 

 

This year’s awards will be hosted by Hamilton’s own Senjuti Sarker. Senjuti’s practice includes arts programming, theatre, and librarianship. She has previously been involved with The AMY Project, The Toronto Fringe, and Hamilton Fringe, and recently was part of a Professional Development Series panel on Building Professional Pathways in Theatre. Senjuti is currently the Public Programming Coordinator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

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Following the premiere, on-demand viewing will be available exclusively for Cogeco & Rogers television subscribers at cable14.com.

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Discover the 2021 Category Finalists & Winners! 

The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for POETRY:

  • David Haskins for Blood Rises

  • Ross Belot for Moving to Climate Change Hours

  • Gary Barwin for For It Is a Pleasure and a Surprise to Breathe

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The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for NON-FICTION:

  • Amanda Leduc for Disfigured    

  • Dorothy Ellen Palmer for Falling For Myself

  • Jeffery Donaldson for Viaticum

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The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for FICTION:

  • Syliva Nickerson for Creation

  • Karen Quevillon for The Parasol Flower

  • Jennifer Maruno for Until Niagara Falls

  • Sally Cooper for With My Back to the World

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The FINALISTS for the KERRY SCHOOLEY BOOK AWARD:

  • Brent van Staalduinen for Boy

  • Ross Belot for Moving to Climate Change Hours

  • Jane Christmas for Open House: A Life in Thirty-Two Moves

  • Bruce Simpson for Paislee and the Talking Tree

  • Sally Cooper for With My Back to the World

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The 28th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards are made possible due to our community-centred sponsors, which include Cable 14, Hamilton Public Library, Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd, Epic Books, a Different Drummer Books, Wolsak & Wynn Publishing, and First Ontario Credit Union.

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SELECTION PROCESS

The Hamilton Arts Council uses a peer review process to select the Literary Award laureates. In each category, a three-person jury composed of writers and literary arts professionals reviews the books and selects a short list of finalists and an award recipient. The criterion for selection is literary excellence.

The Kerry Schooley Book Award is awarded by a jury  consisting of three members of the Hamilton community with a literary interest and will include at least one literary arts professional, with the criteria for selection being both literary excellence and the affinity of the book for the city of Hamilton.

CONTACT

Additional information contact David, our Programs  & Community Engagement Coordinator at

 community@hamiltonartscouncil.ca