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A Montreal poetry contest offers $20,000 for one poem

A mural of Leonard Cohen looks down on an almost empty Crescent Street in Montreal, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The Montreal International Poetry Prize, launched with a $50,000 donation from Cohen in 2011, is seeking submissions for 2020 competition. (Graham Hughes/THE CANADIAN PRESS). Read the article »

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The Montreal International Poetry Prize offers $20,000 for one poem

Have the long hours of lockdown-induced solitude, boredom, anxiety and longing fired up your creative energy? Have you been pouring all that pent up creativity into poetry? Then, perhaps, consider applying for the Montreal International Poetry Prize. All it takes »

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Canadian literature non-fiction winner announced

One of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes has been awarded. The $25,000 RBC-Taylor prize for non-fiction was given to Mark Bourrie. Bourrie (PhD) is a journalist, author and currently lecturer in history at Carleton University, and Canadian Studies at the »


Canadian, Icelandic universities team up for migration conference

Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across the North Canada’s University of Manitoba and the University of Iceland’s Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at will team up later this month for a conference looking at migration. The »

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RBC Taylor Prize for non-fiction: long list revealed

The RBC Taylor Prize long list has been released, It’s the prize for the best Canadian literary work of non-fiction. The trio of jurors consists of, Camilla Gibb (award winning novelist), Roy MacGregor (multi-award winning non-fiction author) and Beverley McLachlin »


Notable book recommendations from across northern Canada

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North.  The First Nations Book Fair (Kwahiatonhk: Salon du livre des Premières Nations) gets underway in the Canadian province of Quebec November 22-25 to promote Indigenous books and authors. Eye »

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Discover Canadian literature with RCI

You want to know more about Canadian literature? Here are some interviews and reports from RCI that will tell you about Canadian authors. © CP/Chris Young Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Giller Prize, dies Jack Rabinovitch, a powerful patron of the »

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Canada’s big prize for literary non-fiction

It’s called the RBC-Taylor prize and this year marks the 16th awarding of the prize. Awarded to Canadian authors the $25,000 prize is awarded to the book is judged to best demonstrate a superb command of the English language, an »

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Canada to be guest of honour at international book fair

It may seem a long way off, but in the publishing industry it is very big news. Canada has been invited to be the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020 (Frankfurt Buchmesse-FBM). “The Frankfurt Book Fair »

Arts & Entertainment, Indigenous, International, Society

O Canada! … A Norwegian writer takes on our country’s features & foibles

Norwegian writer and retired literature professor Gerd Bjørhovde has always had a thing for Canada. And there is only one person to blame for it, she says;  Canadian author Margaret Laurence. “I was so fascinated with her writing,” Bjørhovde says. “She is »