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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Language Acts A Finalist For The Gabrielle Roy Prize

The Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) has recently sent out a press release, dated 6 June 2008, announcing the winner, and congratulating the two finalists, for the 2007 Gabrielle Roy Prize, which each year honours "the best work of literary criticism published in English".

One of these was Language Acts: Anglo-Quebec Poetry, 1976 to the 21st Century, edited by Todd Swift and Jason Camlot, and published by Vehicule Press, in Montreal. The press release says of the work that it is "a thorough and provocative collection of critical essays on English-language poetry in Quebec, since 1976, when the political and cultural repositioning of the Anglophone community engendered new creative and aesthetic directions in its literature."

The other finalist was Sam McKegney's Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community After Residential Schools (University of Manitoba Press). The winner was the magisterial three volume History of the Book in Canada (University of Toronto Press), by Carole Gerson and Jacques Michon.
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