Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Release: Finalists Announced for 28th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards

Thirteen writers from across Hamilton have been shortlisted as finalists for the 28th Hamilton Literary Awards.

Presented by the Hamilton Arts Council, this year’s awards ceremony will be presented in partnership with Cable 14 on Thursday, December 16th at 7pm. The ceremony will also be streamed online on Cable 14’s website.

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

The awards celebrate excellence in works published in 2019 & 2020 from the Greater Hamilton Area, with authors recognized across multiple categories, including Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction and the Kerry Schooley Book Award.

Unlike the other categories, which celebrate work by genre, the Kerry Schooley Book Award recognizes those books that celebrate and are most evocative of the City of Hamilton. The award is named for Kerry Schooley, a Hamilton poet, teacher, publisher, editor and non-fiction writer who passed away in 2010.

A complete list of finalists are below.

Hamilton Literary Award Finalists: 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

Hamilton Literary Award Finalists: Non-Fiction
Amanda Leduc for Disfigured
Dorothy Ellen Palmer for Falling For Myself
Jeffery Donaldson for Viaticum

Hamilton Literary Award Finalists: 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

Hamilton Literary Award Finalists: 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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