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  • 28
    Jul

    #CCPrizes: Hervé Desbois, writing to inspire

    By Hervé Desbois
    Books by Hervé Desbois

    Hervé Desbois is the author of poetry, short stories, a biography on impressionist painters and three young adult fiction novels. He also recently published his first novel for adult audiences entitled La vie entre parenthèses, a humorous and thoughtful story of the life of a couple. In June 2015, he received the Victor Martyn-Lynch-Staunton Award in writing and publishing. Artists who win this award are innovative risk-takers who represent a wide range of arts pra...

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  • 24
    Jul

    Canadian Authors Bring Sunshine to Ireland

    By Miranda Hill
    A delegration of Canadian authors attended the Cuirt International Festival of Literature in Ireland. Shown here: Lawrence Hill, Miranda Hill, Eleanor Wachtel and Dionne Brand.

    “It’s not supposed to be this nice,” says the man who picks us up at the airport. We are driving from the airport in Shannon to Galway and the Cuirt International Festival of Literature, passing scene after scene of cows, sheep, stone walls and emerald green grass. And all of it in bright sun, not the misty grey of the postcards. By the time we have checked in at the hotel and unloaded our bags and met our hosts, we must have heard five times how unusual the beautiful weather i...

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  • 23
    Jul

    #CCPrizes: Constance Backhouse, a leader in "second wave" of feminism

    By Constance Backhouse
    Constance Backhouse, winner, 2015 Canada Council Molson Prize (social sciences and humanities). Photo: Mélanie Provencher

    Constance Backhouse has earned international acclaim for her feminist research and publications on sex discrimination and the legal history of gender and race in Canada. Recently she was named the 2015 recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize in the social sciences/humanities.  The Molson Prizes (valued at $50,000 each) are awarded every year – in the arts and in the social sciences and humanities – to recognize outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contr...

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  • 21
    Jul

    #CCPrizes: M.G. Vassanji, bringing readers to new worlds

    By M.G. Vassanji
    Photo: Mark Raynes Roberts

    M G Vassanji is the author of 7 novels, 2 collections of short stories, a travel memoir about India, a memoir of East Africa, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. His many awards include the Giller Prize for fiction (twice), the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. Recently he was named the 2015 recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize in the arts.  The Molson Prizes (valued at $50,000 each) are awarded every year &n...

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  • 16
    Jul

    Diagnose this Artwork

    By Anna Paluch
    Richard Hines, Sliced Apple, 2005. Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

    Can learning to look at artwork help a doctor to better diagnose a patient? The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine thinks so. This spring it organized a workshop, in collaboration with the Canada Council Art Bank, to learn how to better communicate with patients by first, learning how to communicate with artworks. The speakers heading the workshop were Lynn Bloom, clinical social worker, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Medicine; Alan Ng, p...

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  • 8
    Jul

    International Exchange: Canada at China’s Bookworm Literary Festival

    By Peter Goff
    Madeleine Thien at the Bookworm Literary Festival in Chengdu, China

    With the support of the Canada Council’s Writing and Publishing Section and the Audience and Market Development Office, the Bookwork Literary Festival in China was able to bring 6 Canadian authors to the first-ever “Spotlight on Canada” element of this annual literary event. Peter Goff, the General Manager of the Festival reflects on why this event is so important for Canadian writers looking to reach the Chinese market, and shares highlights from the event.   Ea...

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