Monday, May 3, 2010

The City of Calgary Announces Short list for W.O. Mitchell Book Prize

The City of Calgary, the Writers Guild of Alberta and Uptown 17 Business Revitalization Zone are pleased to announce the short list authors for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, one of 17 awards presented as part of The Calgary Awards.

The three finalists include Gordon Pengilly for Metastasis and Other Plays (NeWest Press), Carolyn Pogue for Gwen (Sumach Press) and Bob Stallworthy for Things That Matter Now (Frontenac House).

Metastasis and Other Plays is a collection of dramas that highlight the core of human tragedy, paranoia, and violence. True to the tendency of human nature, these characters attempt to redeem themselves - but often discover it’s too late. Gordon Pengilly was raised on a farm near Lethbridge and currently resides in Calgary.

In Gwen, the year is 1895 and a twelve-year-old “Home Girl” is put aboard an English ship bound for Canada, her head full of adventure, poetry and lively curiosity. The story takes the reader along her journey as she dreams of a life on the stage. Carolyn Pogue grew up on a small farm in Ontario and resides with her husband in Calgary.

Things That Matter Now examines how reactions to persons and events change with age; how memories lose their power to control and how there is choice in those things one reacts to – in short, the things that matter now. Bob Stallworthy is a transplanted Maritimer who has lived in Calgary for 25 years.

The City of Calgary established the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in honour of the late Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. The $5000 prize is awarded each year for an outstanding book published in the award year. The 2008 recipient was Andrew Nikiforuk for Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent.

The winner of The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize will be recognized at the Calgary Awards presentation on June 9, 2010. The Calgary Awards will be televised live on Shaw TV.

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