You may recall that The Meaning Of Children made the CBC - Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice Contest Top 10 List.
Well, today I received more great news:
Here's an excerpt from today's Salty Ink blog:
Posted in: Canadian Affair 2011
"Hey! Read more short fiction. Novels are like a nice intimate chat over a pint, but shorts are like a wild, unexpected night out. You want more of those, right? Really, ask any writer: from a writing standpoint, shorts are more fun to write. From a reading standpoint, they’re more potent because they’re all punch and no filler.
I hereby declare, with absolute authority, while knowing I’ll inevitably forget at least one or two collections, that these titles are the official top 10 books of short fiction by Canadians this year. If you can read and not like books like And Also Sharks, The Beggar’s Garden, Once You Break a Knuckle, or Up Up Up, then you have poor taste in modern literature. Sorry. But you do. I can’t even offer you any condolences, as it must, simply, be unfortunate to be so afflicted. And those wild Vancouverites Zsuzsi Gartner and at Matthew J. Trafford, talk about breaking down some walls with short fiction. All 10 of these (11 if you’re counting) made me want to be a better writer..."
Congratulations also to the following book/author/publisher combos:
And Also Sharks by Jessica Westhead (Cormorant)
The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie (HarperCollins)
Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner (Hamish Hamilton)
The Big Dream by Rebecca Rosenblum (Biblioasis)
The Divinity Gene by Matthew J. Trafford (Douglas & McIntyre)
The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise (Biblioasis)Moonlight Sketches by Gerard Collins (Killick Press)
Once You Break a Knuckle by DW Wilson (Hamish Hamilton)
The Reverse Cowgirl by David Whitton (Freehand)
Up Up Up by Julie Booker (Anansi).