This is the second in a four part blog series showcasing the finalists of this year's 22nd Annual Hamilton Literary Awards. Find out which authors will take home the prizes by attending the gala celebration on Dec. 08, 2015 at Theatre Aquarius.
The finalists for this year's Non-fiction category for the Hamilton Literary Awards are all examples of true and compelling tales matching that of any work of fiction. From The House with the Parapet Wall by John Terpstra, Hidden Harvest by Mark Coakley, and Echo Soundings by Jeffery Donaldson, these tales recount real-life with the elegance of poetry and confront readers with hidden chapters of the world around them.
In John Terpstra’s latest work, The House with the Parapet Wall, he walks through the streets of his childhood home, imagining the lives of the nineteenth-century inhabitants. As he considers these lives, with their joys and grief, Terpstra also walks through his own memories and emotions on the death of his mother, deftly weaving both narrative strands together on the page. With beautifully styled prose, Terpstra explores the connections between past and present, life and death, brick and bone, and the power of place to define family.
In his exposé Hidden Harvest, lawyer Mark Coakley unravels the truth behind Canada’s $30-million cannabis grow op. Comprehensive and bold, his story tracks the culprits as they remodel an old Molson factory north of Barrie, transforming it into what would become the largest marijuana operation in North America. Following its downfall in 2003, Coakley examines the prolonged search for those involved, the questionable sentences issued by the court, and the violence and secrecy that surrounded it all.
Echo Soundings by Jeffery Donaldson is an insightful and compelling collection of essays on the nature of poetry and poetics. Heavily influenced by literary critic Northrop Frye, the text challenges conventional modes of interpretation, instead presenting poems as dynamic dialogues which extend through space and time. Donaldson looks at these "ghostly conversations" in the works of North American writers, tracing the echoes that weave them together with depth and simplicity.
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Next: the finalists for Fiction