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Quebec Writers' Federation highlights the best local English-language novels of 2011

Posted by Andrés / November 16, 2011

20111116_wordsafterdark.jpgI had an interesting conversation with some fellow writers recently about whether or not you had to be published to be considered an author. Common consensus is that the word "aspiring" appropriately precede both the word "author" or "profession" when introducing your pastime to others. Success is rare in the world of word composition, so it's nice to celebrate it when it happens; especially since promotion is arguably a more arduous task. That's where the Québec Writers' Federation (QWF for short) lends a hand. They recently published their short-list for best English-language authors of prose, poetry and translation, and have two upcoming events to help promote the artists.

It all begins with Words After Dark, a free event occurring tomorrow at Paragraphe Bookstore (2220 McGill College Ave.) at 6pm. Numerous finalists will be present to read excerpts from their works. These include Fiction nominees David Homel (Midway, Cormorant Books) and Dimitri Nasrallah (Niko, Véhicule Press), Non-Fiction nominee Merrily Weisbord (The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das, McGill-Queen's University Press), Poetry nominees Asa Boxer (Skulduggery, Véhicule Press) and Gabe Foreman (A Complete Encyclopedia of Different Types of People, Coach House Books), among others. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the finalists, and get enticed to purchase a home-grown book. (more info)

The grand finale, so to speak, occurs Tuesday, November 22nd at the Lion d'Or (1676 Ontario East), though it's really just the beginning for the lucky winners. The Gala will celebrate all the finalists and pick the top works from each category. Tickets are $15 (or $10 for students) and are on sale at the following bookstores: Argo, Babar en Ville, Bibliophile, Clio, Paragraphe and The Word. (more info)

As an avid reader and aspiring author, events like these are a must. Writing is often forgotten amidst the perceived glitz and glamour of film and music events. The QWF continues the battle. If you have even a fleeting interest in the continual success of local authors, you can become a member and support the QWF in organizing future events like these.

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Amie / November 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm
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I volunteered last year and got to attend for free. It's a really fun crowd and a great event. Highly recommended.
Michael / February 3, 2015 at 11:13 pm
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