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National literary awards shortlist faculty books

Three members of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have been shortlisted for national literary awards this week.

André Narbonne, a sessional instructor in English, is one of five authors on the Writers’ Union of Canada’s short list for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his collection of short fiction Twelve Miles to Midnight published by Marty Gervais’ Black Moss Press. Gervais teaches the Publishing Practicum course, along with three others in creative writing and editing.

The award recognizes the “best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2016 in the English language,” and consists of cash prizes for the top three, including a first prize of $10,000. The winners will be announced at the OnWords Conference in Vancouver, June 1 to 4.

Cara Fabre, a faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies, is a finalist for the 2016 Gabrielle Roy Prize, which honours the best work of Canadian literary criticism published in English. This award is presented by the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Dr. Fabre’s book Challenging Addiction in Canadian Literature and Classrooms is one of five finalists for the prize. The winner will be announced publicly on May 27 at the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures annual conference in Toronto.