April 1977, Cape Breton by Pamela Tarlow-Calder
2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist
Pamela Tarlow-Calder has made the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for April 1977, Cape Breton.
Pamela Tarlow-Calder's writing has appeared in ROOM, filling Station, Binnacle, Dylan Days Anthology, BC Parent, Thrive and various art education journals and study guides. She won first prize in the Surrey International Writers' Conference Poetry Contest and is currently working on her first poetry chapbook, Finder's Blue. She has a BA in art education from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MA in art education from the University of British Columbia. Tarlow-Calder has also worked for many years within the museum education community. She lives in White Rock, B.C., with her son and family of siamese appleheads.
Entry in five-ish words
Exploration of displacement and loss.
The story's source of inspiration
"Several years ago, on a drive from Vancouver to White Rock, two friends and I told each other our virginity stories. We ended up talking in the car for hours about how those experiences shaped our lives and relationships on so many levels. We put ads in Craigslist, the Globe and Mail and the London Times and invited women to submit their virginity stories for a compilation called the Virginity Book. Stories poured in — compelling, sad, hilarious, terrifying, wonderful — all powerful. We added our own stories as well. A few publishers contacted us, and we worked on it with a lot of passion until life interfered and the book project dropped away."
About the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize
The winner of the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their story published on CBC Books and attend a writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their story published on CBC Books.