Friday, June 02, 2006

ReLit Shortlist announced

The ReLit Awards have announced their Shortlists.

SHORT FICTION
Bloodknots, Ami Sands Brodoff (Arsenal Pulp)
Yesterday's People, Goran Simic (Biblioasis)
13 Ways of Listening to a Stranger, Keath Fraser (Thomas Allen)
The Sound of All Flesh, Barry Webster (Porcupine's Quill)

POETRY
The Unsaid Passing, B. W. Powe (Guernica Editions)
Hot Poppies, Leon Rooke (Porcupine’s Quill)
Ligatures, Donato Mancini (New Star)
In the Scaffolding, Eric Miller (Goose Lane)

NOVEL
The Redemption of Anna Dupree, Jim Christy (Ekstasis)
Alligator, Lisa Moore (Anansi)
A Perfect Night to Go to China, David Gilmour (Thomas Allen)
The Immaculate Conception, Gaetan Soucy (Anansi)

I find it ironic that the awards, founded as an alternative to the big-money prizes, include Lisa Moore's book on its list since Moore's book has been nominated for and/or won almost every big money prize around. I guess good is good and you can't punish her for being successful. Same for Gilmour's Gov Gen Award winning book. Still, I'd kind of like to look at this list (the Novel list in particular) and see more works that are less recognized (and recognizable).

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