22 books by past CBC Literary Prizes winners and finalists that came out in 2022
Being a finalist for the CBC Literary Prizes can jump-start your literary career. Need proof? Here are 22 books that were published in 2022 written by former CBC Literary Prizes winners and finalists.
The 2023 CBC Poetry Prize is currently accepting submissions. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have the opportunity to attend a two-week writing residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point and have their work published on CBC Books.
Nada Alic's short story collection Bad Thoughts depicts Los Angeles women who are all grappling with a shared stark reality: the modern world. Whether it be the perverts, nobodies, reality TV stars, poetic hopefuls, shameless party girls or self-help addicts. To cope, they live in their imagination, fantasizing about their baddest thoughts.
Nada Alic is the author of the short story collection Bad Thoughts and a forthcoming novel. Her work has been featured in The Cut, Publisher's Weekly, Nylon, Harper's Bazaar, Bomb, Document Journal and The Creative Independent.
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bissett is a poet and artist born in Halifax and based in Toronto. Known for his unconventional writing style, bissett has written more than 60 books of poetry. His awards include the George Woodcock Lifetime Achievement Award and the BC Book Prizes' Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
In Shimmers of Light, a collection of poetry dating from the 1970s to the present day, Robert Currie evokes the reality of prairie life, focusing on the hard exteriors men and boys are expected to present to the world. The characters in these poems face difficult weather and internal conflicts, but sometimes they find a deeper understanding of self that brings light to dark and painful times.
Currie is a poet and fiction writer. He is a founding board member of the Saskatchewan Festival of Words, a former chairman of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, a recipient of the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and a former Saskatchewan poet laureate.
Currie won third prize in the poetry category of the CBC Literary Awards in 1980.
Dancing in Small Spaces is the story of a marriage. In 2011, Leslie Davidson and her husband, Lincoln Ford, were finding adventure in their retirement through the outdoors, travelling and preparing to be grandparents. Then, when Lincoln started experiencing confusion and Leslie experienced tremors in her body, a double diagnosis of Lewy body dementia and Parkinson's disease transformed the couple's lives. In Dancing in Small Spaces, Davidson documents the years following the diagnoses, including navigating how to care and be cared for, reckoning with the physical symptoms and community support. In Dancing in Small Spaces, she writes her way through the emotional turmoil, sharing the lessons she learned along the way about herself and the man she loved, in a bid to move toward understanding and acceptance.
Sarah de Leeuw reflects on her early girlhood and the racial complexities of colonial violence in the poetry collection Lot. Written in a time where the government has voiced support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples while continuing to arrest Indigenous people on unceded lands, de Leeuw draws a line between past and present violence. Lot uses lyric traditions and interrogates the role of language in centering stories of white supremacy on the islands of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia.
De Leeuw is a poet and writer who melds social criticism with literary nonfiction. Her book Where It Hurts, a collection of personal essays, was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction.
De Leeuw won the 2008 CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize and came in second in 2009.
The Sisters Sputnik is a follow-up to the novel Sputnik's Children, about comic creator Debbie Reynolds Biondi. The Sisters Sputnik is set in a distant reality where books have disappeared, and Debbie finds herself in bed with an old lover who begs her to tell him a story. Debbie spins a futuristic tale about the Sisters Sputnik and their adventures in alternate realities.
Terri Favro is a Toronto-based comic book writer, essayist and novelist. She is the author of Sputnik's Children, Once Upon A Time In West Toronto and The Proxy Bride.
The Day-Breakers is an homage to the sacrifice of the Black Canadian soldiers who fought for the Union during the American Civil War. These poems capture their voices and the era in which they lived, providing a new perspective on Black history.
Michael Fraser is an award-winning poet and writer. He has been published in several anthologies and his books include To Greet Yourself Arriving and The Serenity of Stone.
Fast Commute is a lament for places that are invaded by industrial, commercial or suburban developments. This long poem calls out the structures that support ecological injustice and wrestles with the impossibility of speaking ethically about the environment as a settler on stolen land.
Laurie D. Graham is a writer currently based in Nogojiwanong, the territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg. Her debut book, Rove, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Her second book, Settler Education, was a finalist for Ontario's Trillium Award for Poetry.
My Indian Summer is a novel about survival, reconciliation and identity set during the summer of 1979. For Hunter Frank, the summer begins with his mother returning home only to collect the last two months' welfare cheques, leaving her three mixed-race children to fend for themselves. The siblings get involved in an adventure involving a trio of elders and the stash of cash in the purple Crown Royal bag hidden in his mattress.
Joseph Kakwinokanasum is a member of James Smith Cree Nation. Kakwinokanasum's work has been published in the 2022 anthology Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing, the Humber Literary Journal and Emerge.
Drawing on their personal experience in social and political advocacy, Daniel Sarah Karasik imagines a world that might be in Plenitude. Karasik contemplates how we might dream of and build a more humane future without cops, bosses, prisons and the oppressive regulation of gender and desire.
Karasik is a writer, playwright and poet from Toronto. They are the author of five books of drama, poetry and fiction.
The Quiet in Me is iconic Canadian poet Patrick Lane's final collection. He contemplates the quiet of living in a body amongst so many other bodies. From the trout in the lake to geese arriving with the wind and a raccoon fishing in a river, Lane reveals a web of life filled with beauty and pain.
Lane was an award-winning poet and novelist. He won many awards including the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry, the Canadian Authors Association Award and three National Magazine Awards. In 2014, he was made an officer of the Order of Canada. Lane died at the age of 79 in March 2019.
Lane won third place in the poetry category of the CBC Literary Awards in 1981.
Sharp Edges centres around Katie, a teenage girl who is used to being let down. Abandoned by her best friend and ignored by her hypochondriac mother, 16-year-old Katie finds herself in an online world where women aren't ashamed of what they want in the novel Sharp Edges. As Katie becomes enmeshed in this virtual playground, she realizes that her newfound power may just be an illusion.
Leah Mol is a writer and editor who graduated from the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia. She also won the 2020 Bronwen Wallace Award for emerging writers. Sharp Edges is her debut novel.
Renowned Canadian poet Susan Musgrave lost her husband in 2018 and her daughter in 2021. Her newest poetry collection, Exculpatory Lilies, explores this expansive grief but also the natural world and the connection between the two, searching for the beauty in the emotional highs and lows of life.
Susan Musgrave is a poet and writer based in B.C. She has received awards for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, personal essay, children's writing and for her work as an editor. She has published many books, including Love You More, More Blueberries and Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug.
Musgrave won the 1996 CBC Award for Poetry.
Imminent Domains asks essential questions about our current relationship to nature amidst the climate crisis and what it takes to survive. Arranged by five central elements of survival — earth, fire, water, air and spirit — Alessandra Naccarato uses lyric prose, first-hand observations and research to weave an intriguing meditation on how each of us can come to our own unique answers to our most pressing collective questions.
Naccarato is a writer who divides her time between Toronto and British Columbia. She is the author of the poetry collection Re-Origin of Species. In 2015, she won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.
Beyond Self-Interest is a provocative retelling of the workings of self-interest in contemporary market society, which claims the world increasingly belongs to passionates, obsessives, and fanatics: those who do things for their own sake, rather than as means to other ends.
Krzysztof Pelc is a professor of political science at McGill University. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he has lived in Montreal since 2010. He is also the author of Making and Bending International Rules, about the ways international law deals with unexpected events.
Alycia Pirmohamed's debut collection, Another Way To Split Water, is a lyrical exploration of how ancestral memory transforms across generations, through stories told and retold. Her poems touch on womanhood, belonging, faith, intimacy and the natural world.
Another Way To Split Water features the collection of poems that won the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize: Love Poem With Elk and Punctuation, Prairie Storm and Tasbih.
Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, a co-organizer of the Ledbury Poetry Critics Program. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Cambridge.
The Rooftop Garden is a novel that follows Nabila and her childhood friend Matthew, who played on Nabila's rooftop garden in an imaginary world that has flooded from climate change. Nabila comes from an educated, middle-class family, while Matthew had been abandoned by his father and was often left to deal with things on his own. Now both in their 20s, Matthew has disappeared from his Toronto home, and Nabila travels to Berlin to find him and try to bring him back.
Menaka Raman-Wilms is a writer and journalist based in Toronto. She's the host of The Decibel, the daily news podcast from the Globe and Mail. She's also worked as a parliamentary reporter for the Globe and as an associate producer at CBC Radio One.
The Big Melt is a debut poetry collection rooted in Nehiyaw thought and urban millennial life events. Part memoir, part research project, it draws on Emily Riddle's experience working in Indigenous governance and her own family's experience — demonstrating that governance is as much about interpersonal relationships as it is about law and policy.
Riddle is Nehiyaw and a member of the Alexander First Nation (Kipohtakaw). A writer, editor, policy analyst, language learner and visual artist, she lives in Edmonton. Her writing has been published in the Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, The Malahat Review and Room Magazine.
The Sea Between Two Shores is a novel about two families unexpectedly brought together, who must make amends before they can move on. The Stewarts are mourning the loss of their youngest son after an accidental drowning when they get an unexpected call from the island of Iparei inviting them to participate in a reconciliation ceremony for their ancestors. On Iparei, the Stewarts meet a ni-Vanuatu family, the Tabés, who are also mourning the death of a child. As the reconciliation ceremony approaches, the Stewarts and the Tabés uncover their shared losses, failings, hopes for the future and they reflect on the wounds that stand in the way of freeing them from the legacy of the past.
Tanis Rideout is the bestselling author of the novel Above All Things. She is also the author of the poetry collection Arguments with the Lake.
Her First Palestinian is a debut collection of short stories revolving around the Palestinian immigrant experience in Canada. The stories explore themes of identity, loss, power and belonging as they look at the diverse and layered experiences of the Palestinian diaspora.
Saeed Teebi is a writer and lawyer based in Toronto. He was born to Palestinian parents in Kuwait and, after some time in the U.S., has lived in Canada since 1993. Her First Palestinian is his first book.
In Grappling Hook, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang explores identity, desire and the everyday struggles of motherhood. From the joys and perils of marriage to the evolving fight for social justice in a world divided by inequity, these poems are dedicated to those making meaningful change in unprecedented times.
Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang is a poet and children's book author. Her poetry collections include Sweet Devilry, which won the 2012 Gerald Lampert award, and Status Update, which was nominated for the Pat Lowther Award.
Set against the backdrop of a world threatened by ecological crisis, We Have Never Lived On Earth follows the journey of Charlotte Ferrier, a child of divorce raised by a single mother in a small town in British Columbia. From a friendship tested by forest fires to a girl on a beach examining the memories of a dying jellyfish, these stories explore intimate and transformative moments of the female experience.
Kasia Van Schaik is a South African poet and writer living in Montreal. We Have Never Lived On Earth is her first story collection. In 2021, she was named one of the CBC Quebec Writers' Federation writer-in-residence.