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Jan Wong’s Apron Strings longlisted for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize

RBC Taylor Prize 2018 Jurors Christine Elliott, Anne Giardini, and James Polk have announced the longlist for the seventeenth awarding of Canada’s most prestigious non-fiction prize. Among the longlisted titles is award-winning journalist and bestselling author Jan Wong’s Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China, published by Goose Lane Editions. 

Established in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2018 marks the seventeenth awarding of the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. The jurors read a record breaking 153 non-fiction books submitted by 110 Canadian and international publishers. Other longlisted titles include Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga and Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk.

 

Jan Wong knows food is better when it’s shared, so when she set out to research home cooking in several countries known for their distinctive cuisine, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

Of the book, the jury wrote: “Jan Wong proves in this book that the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ needs expanding. We are what we eat, and who we make it with, and who we eat it with, and what ingredients we use, and what recipes we follow, and where in the world our table is located. In this book Jan Wong focuses her laser beam scrutiny on domestic life and comestibles in three different countries, and delivers shrewd home truths on how we sustain and nourish ourselves.”

The RBC Taylor Prize shortlist will be announced at a news conference on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and the winner revealed at a gala luncheon on Monday, February 26, 2018.

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Jocelyn Parr wins the QWF Concordia University First Book Prize

The Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) Literary Awards announced the winners of their award categories at the QWF’s 19th annual gala. Taking home the Concordia University First Book Prize was Goose Lane Editions author Jocelyn Parr and her stunning debut novel, Uncertain Weights and Measures

Uncertain Weights and Measures, first published in September 2017, takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia. Montreal writer Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the atmosphere of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics in this deftly written novel. Giller Prize winner Sean Michaels marvelled at Parr’s characters that “seem to move under the surface of the page—breathing, changing, flawed, and resilient.”

Also shortlisted for the award were Ariela Freedman’s Arabic for Beginners and J. Jacob Potashnik’s The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories.

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Poetry Friday: "November" by Lynn Davies

The trees are gone, their green
energy gone, as if this is it, this
  is all we’ve ever needed.
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Poetry Friday: "Listening to a Dried-out Lena While Watching Harold Lloyd Hang from a Clock Face at The Mayfair"

Thanks for meeting me at the bus station in the snow, Lou.
Who doesn't like silent films? Each frame is a small shrine.
But this store clock scene has me bottomed out for tonight.
Did you know that man lot half of his right hand in 1920
when a studio prop exploded? Nearly ended his career.  
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Career Opportunity: Production Editor

Goose Lane Editions is looking for an energetic, hardworking, dedicated, and well-organized individual with 2-3 years of experience in editing and project management, who is equipped to be part of the management team at this dynamic publishing house. Working closely with the creative director and the publisher, the Production Editor plays a key role in the development and production of approximately 30 titles per year, often in multiple formats. Candidates must have editing acumen, administrative and project management experience and/or training, and a desire and ability to learn about all aspects of publishing.
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