Keith Cadieux, Theodore Fontaine, Sheila McClarty, Ariel Gordon and Craig Russell have been shortlisted for this year's Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book.
Aqua Books owner Kelly Hughes will host a reading on Thursday, April 14, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The prize will be awarded at the Manitoba Book Awards on April 17.
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Keith Cadieux's first published work, the novella Gaze, was released in 2010. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Manitoba where he also received the Robert Kroetsch Creative MA Thesis Prize. Keith teaches English at the University of Winnipeg and will be working on a new collection of short stories while serving as Aqua Books’ Writer in Residence from May to August, 2011.
Sheila McClarty's stories have appeared in various magazines, including Grain, The Antigonish Review and The Fiddlehead. She won first prize at the Sheldon Currie Fiction contest. High Speed Crow, a book of short stories, is her first book. Ten years ago Craig Russell began to study acting. He believes that live theatre is a great training ground for a writer’s ear because it teaches you to recognize effective dialogue. Black Bottle Man, a YA fable, is his first novel.
Ariel Gordon is a writer whose first book of poetry, Hump, was published in spring 2010. How to Prepare for Flooding, a collaboration with designer Julia Michaud, is forthcoming in 2011.