AWARDS

2016


book photoBuying on Time by Antanas Sileika  

The anecdotes, extended scenes and burgeoning imagination that make up these stories are tightly composed and sharply focused. The book manages to be both harsh and sympathetic. It welds humour, tragedy and the personal embarrassments we all live through in a colourful and memorable way.


prize

1998—Stephen Leacock Award,
Shortlisted

prize

1998—City of Toronto Book Award,
Shortlisted

prize

2016—CBC Canada Reads,
Long-listed



book photoOddballs by Jim Westergard  

Oddballs is wood engraver Jim Westergard’s collection of forty portraits and brief biographical sketches of historical figures who gained fame—or notoriety—through curious behavior and circumstance.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed

prize

2016—Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards,
Commended



book photoNo Fixed Address by Jon Evans  

The real-life adventures of award-winning thriller writer Jon Evans as he travels through sixty-six countries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Australasia and Asia over a period of sixteen years.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed



book photoTrudeau: La Vie en Rose by George A. Walker  

Master engraver George A. Walker presents Trudeau: La Vie en Rose, a compendium of engravings celebrating the life of one of Canada’s most well-known politicians: Pierre Elliott Trudeau.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed

prize

2016—eLit Awards,
Runner-up



book photoThe Essential Travis Lane by Travis Lane  

The Essential Travis Lane presents a selection of poems by a Canadian poet who combines exquisite observations of the natural world with profound thoughts about time and mortality.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Commended



book photoMexican Journal by P. K. Page  

In Mexican Journal, P. K. Page recounts her experiences as wife to the Canadian ambassador to Mexico in the early 1960s. Raw, bluntly honest and at times painfully intense, the journal entries expose Page’s attempts to overcome troubling phobias and spiritual barrenness. Over time, she discovers colour amid the darkness, immersing herself in Mexican culture, surrealism, and, most importantly, the mystical teachings of Sufism, which would inform her spiritual life for the rest of her career.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed



book photoFabulous Peculiarities by Tom Smart  

Fabulous Peculiarities traces the artistic evolution of Canadian artist Tony Calzetta, whose penchant for experimentation and ability to both work within and subvert the rules has resulted in a unique and complex but unified aesthetic.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed

prize

2016—eLit Awards,
Runner-up



book photoThe Grand River by Gerard Brender à Brandis  

Wood engraver Gerard Brender à Brandis and writer Marianne Brandis reveal the private life of the Grand River in Ontario, documenting through words and images the ecological, social and historical significance of the Canadian Heritage River.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Commended

prize

2016—eLit Awards,
Winner



book photoLotería Huasteca by Alec Dempster  

Lotería Huasteca presents 54 striking woodblock prints alongside text that provides insight into the traditional art, music, food, ritual and dance of the Huasteca region of Eastern Mexico.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed

prize

2016—eLit Awards,
Winner



book photoOn Shaving Off His Face by Shane Neilson  

Shane Neilson’s latest collection of poetry draws on the image of the human face to explore themes of pain, grief and illness both physical and mental.


prize

2016—ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award,
Long-listed

prize

2016—eLit Awards,
Runner-up



book photoDavy the Punk by Bob Bossin  

Celebrated Canadian folk singer Bob Bossin tells the story of his father’s life in the gambling underworld of the 1930s and 40s. By turns a touching memoir of father and son and an insightful social history, Davy the Punk is packed with street-wise stories and troubling revelations about Canada in the 20th century.


prize

2015—Heritage Toronto Awards,
Commended

prize

2016—Western Canada Jewish Book Award,
Winner

prize

2016—Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature,
Shortlisted


The Porcupine's Quill would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing program. The financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) is also gratefully acknowledged.

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