Tuesday, November 21, 2006

That's some good readin'.

Congratulations to Peter Behrens, author of The Law of Dreams, for winning the Governor General's award for fiction. And, of course, The A Team, House of Anansi Press for publishing it.

Page 142:

A murky passageway brought them out into a courtyard where a cow was tied and children played in muck near a well. A dog with raised hackles lurched from a doorway and flew at them snapping. They threw themselves onto a wall, scrambled over, and dropped into an adjacent court, where a bonfire crackled between raw, unfinished brick houses and two men were roasting a horse's leg in the flames.

Also, a tip of the hat to Groundwood Books, the simply brilliant children's publisher. Ancient Thunder by Leo Yerxa won in the category of Children’s Literature—Illustration.

From Groundwood's site:
A beautiful and visionary book, Ancient Thunder celebrates wild horses and the natural world of the prairies. Using an extraordinary technique, Yerxa, an artist of Ojibway ancestry, makes paper look like leather, so that his illustrations seem to be painted on leather shirts. Each shirt is accompanied by a rich song of praise for the wild horses that came to play such an important role in the lives of the First Peoples.

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