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22nd Annual Hamilton Literary Awards Finalists
Stephen Near

The end of the year is particularly exciting for us here at the Hamilton Arts Council, since it's around this time that we find out who our finalists will be in the annual Literary Awards. The Literary Awards are a signature event for the Hamilton Arts Council; one that we're very proud to continue holding year after year.

A diversity of Hamilton titles for consideration

This year we're especially pleased as we’ve had an abundance of books submitted: 20 books in total and in all four categories. In addition to this year’s awards for Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry, we are once again presenting the Kerry Schooley Award. This award is given to the book that is most evocative of the Hamilton region and was named in honour of the late literary icon Kerry Schooley. This year's submissions are all of the highest calibre and have generated a lot of excitement at our offices. What's more, our adjudicators were especially pleased with the diversity of the submitted titles, and we're confident that this year's Awards gala will truly showcase the finest literary talent our city has to offer.

We’re also happy to be presenting our upcoming Literary Awards with the continued generosity of The Hamilton Spectator as well as returning sponsors Bryan Prince BooksellerJudy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage, and A Different Drummer Books. In addition, we want to acknowledge our long partnership with our Venue Sponsors at Theatre Aquarius who are, once more, providing us with the perfect place to enjoy our ceremony and raise a glass to our winners. With the Norman and Louise Haac Studio Theatre at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts, we couldn’t ask for a better venue in which to hold our celebration.

Theatre Aquarius - the Hamilton Literary Awards venue

So, without further ado, here are the Finalists for this year's 22nd Annual Hamilton Literary Awards:

The FINALISTS of the HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL LITERARY AWARD for POETRY are:

Moon Baboon Canoe, by Gary Barwin 

SteelTown for Mary, Memoirs From a Dick, by Martin Durkin

 Skinny-Dipping with the Muse, by Ellen S. Jaffe

This Award sponsored by Judy Marsales Real Estate Brokerage

 

The FINALISTS of the HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL LITERARY AWARD for NON-FICTION are:

Hidden Harvest, by Mark Coakley

Echo Soundings: Essays on Poetry and Poetics, by Jeffery Donaldson

The House with the Parapet Wall, by John Terpstra

This Award sponsored by A Different Drummer Books

 

The FINALISTS of the HAMILTON ARTS COUNCIL LITERARY AWARD for FICTION are:

The White Oneida, by Jean Rae Baxter

Smoke River, by Krista Foss

Carafola, by Christine Miscione

This Award sponsored by Bryan Prince Bookseller

 

The FINALISTS of THE KERRY SCHOOLEY AWARD are:

Deadly Venture, by Chris Laing

Revenge on the Fly, by Sylvia McNicoll

The House with the Parapet Wall, by John Terpstra

This Award sponsored by The Hamilton Spectator

 

This year's Awards will take place at Theatre Aquarius' Dofasco Centre for the Arts on December 08, 2015. Doors will open at 7 PM with the ceremony getting underway at 7:30. As always, we'll provide complementary snacks along with a cash bar and some music to carry the night along. Admission will be Pay-What-You-Can so we hope you'll join us to help celebrate the holiday season with true bookish style.

For tickets, visit our Eventbrite listing and check out the Facebook Event page for further updates!