Drones, paying writers, and drinking


Eleanor Catton’s winning all the things this year. In addition to the Man Booker Prize, she’s also won The Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Luminaries. Congratulations!

Congratulations also to Katherena Vermette, winner of The Governor General’s Award for Poetry for North End Love Songs; to Sandra Djwa, winner of The Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction for Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page, and to Teresa Toten, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B.

For more on the GG winners please see their website.

Publishing & Publicity

Wolsak & Wynn is launching a new fiction imprint in 2014, Buckrider Books, headed by Paul Vermeersch.

Magazines & Journals

The Andrea Walker Memorial Fund was established to assist writers and artists who are working in the field of women’s health. It grants $400 annually for a feature article, photo essay, or graphic narrative that looks at women’s health from a feminist perspective, to be published in Briarpatch Magazine. The deadline for this year’s applications is December 15, 2013. Click here for more information about how to apply.

The National Library of Australia has got writers’ backs. It’s threatened to pull advertising from Eric Beecher’s Private Media group unless it starts paying its writers. Canadian advertisers, take note!

Hazzlit released the first print edition of its popular online journal just in time for the holidays.

Books & Writing

Madeleine Thien reveals the Canadian literary establishment’s bias against female writers of colour.

Jeff Bezos plans to begin delivering Amazon.com packages by drone come 2015. No, today is not April 1st.

Want to annoy a novelist? Here are 14 sure fire ways to accomplish just that.

Or maybe you want to celebrate them? Canada Reads has announced their 2014 short list and celebrity champions: Donovan Bailey defends Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, Samantha Bee defends Cockroach by Rawi Hage, Sarah Gadon defends Annabel by Kathleen Winter, Wab Kinew defends The Orenda by Joseph Boyden, and Stephen Lewis defends The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.

That said, there are some who question the Canada Reads format, such as Amanda Leduc in this thoughtful critique.

Want Margaret Atwood to blurb your book? You’re out of luck. Check out her blurb rejection poem here.

Chagrined? Here’s a tutorial on how to drink like Dorothy Parker.

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About Nico Mara-McKay

Nico Mara-McKay is a freelance writer and poet living in Toronto. She can be found online at nicomaramckay.com and on Twitter @plutopsyche.
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