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Emergent Voices: CBC Canadian Literary Awards Stories, 1979-1999by Robert Weaver, Sean Virgo, W.D. Valgardson, Audrey Thomas, Budge Wilson
Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields, and Gail Anderson-Dargatz are among the winners of the CBC Literary Award who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in Canadian literature. They and other past winners are included in Emergent Voices. For over twenty years, Robert Weaver has coordinated one of Canada's most important literary awards for emerging writers, the CBC Canadian Literary Awards. Weaver founded the awards and has been tireless in promoting them.
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Meet the Author
As well as organizing the Canadian Literary Competition, Robert Weaver was fiction editor of Saturday Night. He edited many anthologies, including six editions of Canadian Short Stories and The Anthology Anthology: A Selection from Thirty Years of CBC Radio's "Anthology". He co-edited two editions each of The Oxford Anthology of Canadian Literature and The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English, and he was the editor of Mavis Gallant's collection The End of the World and Other Stories.
Seán Virgo was born in Malta in 1940, immigrated to Canada in 1966, and has lived in the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Gulf Islands, and in recent years in southwest Saskatchewan. He has published five books of poetry, including Selected Poems (1990), and seven books of fiction, "Les Rites" won the first CBC Canadian Literary Awards competition in 1979 and is included in White Lies and Other Fictions (1980).
W.D. Valgardson was born in Winnipeg in 1939 but spent most of his childhood in Gimli, an Icelandic community on Lake Winnipeg. He is chair of the writing department at the University of Victoria. His novel Gentle Sinners (1980) won the Books in Canada first novel award, and he has written books for children and young adults and four collections of stories. "A Matter of Balance," a winner in the 1980 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, is included in What Can't Be Changed Shouldn't Be Mourned (1990).
Audrey Thomas was born in Binghamton, New York, in 1953, and has lived in Canada since 1959. She divides her time between Galiano Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia and Victoria. She has published more than a dozen works of fiction. Her novels include Mrs. Blood (1970), Latakia (1979), Intertidal Life (1984), and Isobel Gunn (1999). "Natural History," a prize winner in the 1980 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, was published in her collection Real Mothers (1981).
Budge Wilson (b. 1927) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and lived in Kingston, Ontario, before moving back to North West Cove, Nova Scotia. A former commercial artist and photographer, she has written more than twenty books, many of them for children and young adults; her awards include the Ann Connor Brimer Award for children's literature. "Mr. Manuel Jenkins" is included in her story collection The Leaving (Anansi, 1991).
Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Thompson came to N.B. in 1966 to teach at the University of New Brunswick. He has published two poetry collections, a book of short stories and three novels, all set in Fredericton. He has also written several radio plays for the CBC and a special play, Victoria's Return, presented locally during the summer of 1984.
Michael Ondaatje is the author of such award-winning novels as In the Skin of a Lion and Anil's Ghost, which won both the Giller and the Governor General's Award in 2000. In 1996, his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, was adapted for film, eventually winning nine Academy Awards. Born in Sri Lanka (when it was still called Ceylon) and educated in England, Ondaatje moved to Canada in 1962. He lives in Toronto with his wife, novelist Linda Spalding.
Gwendolyn MacEwen was born in Toronto in 1941 and died there in 1987. A writer of great talent and versatility, she wrote novels, travel books, children's books and radio drama, as well as poetry books including The Shadow-Maker (1969) and Afterworlds (1987), both of which won Governor General's Awards. She published two collections of short stories, Noman (1972) and Noman's Land (1985), which includes "The Other Country," a prize winner in the 1983 CBC Canadian Literary Awards.
Ernst Havemann was born in 1918 on a farm in what was then Zululand, South Africa; his first language was Zulu. After serving with South African forces in the Middle East during the Second World War, he had a long career as a mining engineer, and he began writing after his retirement when he and his wife lived in Nelson, British Columbia. They now live in New Zealand. "Bloodsong" was a CBC Canadian Literary Awards prize winner in 1983 and "An Interview" in 1984; two other stories won prizes in 1985 and 1988. "Bloodsong" and "An Interview" appear in Bloodsong and Other Stories of South Africa (1987).
Carol Shields was one of Canada's most celebrated writers. Her best-known work is the international bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner, The Stone Diaries.
Janice Kulyk Keefer was born in Toronto in 1952; she now lives in Eden Mills, Ontario, and is a professor of English at the University of Guelph. her literary criticism includes Under Eastern Eyes: A Critical Reading of Maritime Fiction (1987) and Reading Mavis Gallant (1989). she has published a book of poetry, a family memoir, three novels, and three collections of stories. "Mrs. Putnam at the Planetarium," a 1985 winner in the CBC Canadian Literary Awards competition, was published in The Paris-Napoli Express (1986), and "The Wind," a 1986 winner, appeared in Transfigurations (1987).
Janette Turner Hospital grew up in Australia, makes her home in Kingston, Ontario, and has lived in the US, England, and India. She is the author of six novels; The Ivory Swing (1982) won the Seal First Novel Award. She has also published three collections of stories, a crime thriller, and a French novella. "Queen of Pentacles, Nine of Swords," which was a winner in the 1986 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, was published in Isobars "1991", a collection of her short fiction.
Carol Windley was born in 1947 in Tofino, British Columbia, and studied at Malaspina College, Nanaimo. Her stories have been published in Best Canadian Stories and the Journey Prize Anthology. She has published a novel, Breathing Under Water (1998), and a collection of stories, Visible Light (1993), which includes "Dreamland," a winner in the 1987 CBC Canadian Literary Awards.
Katherine Govier was born in Edmonton in 1948, but she has lived in Toronto since the early 1970s. She has taught creative writing at York University and through the Writers in Electronic Residence program. Among her books are the story collection Fables of Brunswick Avenue (1985) and the novels Random Descent (1979) and Angel Walk (1996). Her story "The Immaculate Conception Photography Gallery," a prize winner in the 1988 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, was the title story of a collection published in 1994.
Caroline Adderson was born near Edmonton in 1963 and now lives in Vancouver. She was twice a participant in the May Writing Studios at the Banff Centre, where she was encouraged by, among others, the late Adele Wiseman. Her short stories have been published in The Malahat Review, Saturday Night, Quarry, Grain, and other magazines, and reprinted in Coming Attractions and The Journey Prize Anthology. "Teh Chmarnyk," a prize winner in the CBC Canadian Literary Awards in 1991, is included in her story collection, Bad Imaginings (1993). Her first novel is A History of Forgetting (1999).
Patrick Roscoe was born in 1962 on the Spanish island of Formentera and spent his childhood in Tanzania. Educated in England and Canada, he later lived in California, Mexico, Spain and North Africa as well as in Canada. Among his books are a book of autobiographical pieces, two story collections, and two novels. "Peggy Lee in Africa," a prize winner in the 1990 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, is an episode in the second of these, The Lost Oasis (1995).
Mary Swan was born in Wingham, Ontario, in 1953, and she lives and works in Guelph. "Archaeology," a prize winner in the Canadian Literary Awards in 1989, was later published in The Malahat Review. Her stories have also appeared in The Ontario Review, The Antigonish Review, Best Canadian Stories, the anthology Sudden Fiction, and Coming Attractions (1999).
Irena Friedman Karafilly was born in 1944 in the Ural Mountains; she now lives in Montreal. She has published a story collection, Night Cries (1990), and Ashes and Miracles: A Polish Journey (1998), a study of Polish society. She is now writing The Stranger in the Plumed Hat, an exploration of Alzheimer's disease. "Hoodlum" was a prize winner in the 1990 CBC Canadian Literary Awards and was published in The Canadian Forum (August, 1991).
Joan Givner was born in Manchester, England, in 1936. After studying at London University and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, she began teaching at the University of Regina in 1965; later she edited the Wascana Review. she has published biographies of Katherine Anne Porter (1982) and Mazo de la Roche (1989) and two collections of stories, most recently Scenes from Provincial Life (1991). "Elizabeth," a prize winner in the 1991 CBC Canadian Literary Awards, was published in a Joan Givner Special Issue of Room of One's Own in 1992.
Gail Anderson-Dargatz was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, in 1963, and she and her husband now live in a rural community on Vancouver Island. Her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories (1994), was nominated for a Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The author of two novels, The Cure for Death by Lightning (1996) and A Recipe for Bees (1998), she has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the VanCity Book Award, and the Betty Trask Prize (UK), and she was a finalist for the Giller Prize. Her story "The Girl with the Bell Necklace" was a prize winner in the 1993 CBC Canadian Literary Awards.
Gayla Reid was born in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, in 1945. A Vancouver resident, she works in public legal education. Her story "In the Water, Like This" won the fiction prize in the CBC/Saturday Night Canadian Literary Awards in 1994 and was published in Saturday Night (May, 1994). Another story, "Sister Doyle's Men," won the 1993 Journey Prize. Both stories are included in her collection To Be There with You (1994).
Frances Itani was born in Belleville, Ontario, in 1942 and grew up in a Quebec village across the river from Ottawa. She has written short stories, poetry, radio plays, and stories for children. Two collections of short fiction, Truth or Lies and Pack Ice, were published in 1989. "Bolero," the winner of teh 1995 CBC/Saturday Night Canadian Literary Awards, is included in Leaning, Leaning Over Water (1998), a collection of linked stories. "Poached Egg on Toast," the 1996 winner, was published in Saturday Night (June, 1996).
Bill Gaston grew up in Winnipeg, Toronto, and North Vancouver. After spending a dozen years in the Maritimes, he moved to Victoria in 1998 to teach writing at the University of Victoria. He has published a collection of poetry, several plays, three story collections, and three novels, with a fourth, The Good Body, due to appear in spring 2000. "Where It Comes From, Where It Goes" won the 1998 CBC/Saturday Night Canadian Literary Award for fiction and was published in Saturday Night in May, 1999.
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