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The New York Times Reviews “American War” by Omar El Akkad

The New York Times reviews Omar El Akkad‘s debut novel American Warcalling it “a surprisingly powerful novel — one that creates as haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy did in ‘The Road,’ and as devastating a look at the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in ‘The Plot Against America.'”

Read the full review!

A Disappearance in Damascus longlisted for The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Great award news for Deborah Campbell and Knopf Canada!

A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell has been longlisted for The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction was launched in 2005 to honour Canada’s finest writers of non-fiction and to celebrate a genre that stimulates our national conversation and shares knowledge about the complex world in which we live. The shortlist will be announced on December 1st. The winner will receive $40,000while the remaining finalists will each receive $5,000.

A Disappearance in Damascus

Knopf Canada

Editor: Louise Dennys

Deborah Campbell wins Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust non-fiction prize

Congratulations to Deborah Campbell! A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War took home the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust prize for non-fiction.


Kerry Lee Powell is a GG Award Finalist!

Congratulations are in order for Kerry Lee Powell whose Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush is a finalist for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction. The winner will be announced on October 25. You can go to the official announcement page here.

Congrats to Deborah Campbell – Finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction!

Deborah Campbell`s  A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War has distinguished her as a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writer`s Trust prize for nonfiction. View the link to the official announcement here.

Kerri Lee Powell named finalist for Roger’s Writers Trust Fiction Prize

Kerri Lee Powell was revealed as a finalist for the Roger’s Writers Trust Fiction Prize this morning for her short story collection,  Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush.  Here’s a link to the official announcement!

Congrats to Sam Wiebe – Vancouver Public Library’s new writer in residence!

“…the definitive Vancouver crime novel.” – Owen Laukkanen author of The Professionals

“…a great guide into the dark soul of Vancouver.” – John McFetridge author of Tumblin’ Dice and Dirty Sweet

“…a book that does for the missing women of the Downtown Eastside (Vancouver) what Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath did for migrant workers.” – Peggy Blair, author of The Beggar’s Opera

We are happy to hear that Sam Wiebe will be Vancouver’s new public library writer in residence and agree that there’s no one more suited for the role. He knows the city, the people, and the writing craft. Congratulations Sam!

Link to VPL’s Official Announcement 


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