Author Riel Nason special guest reader
CHARLOTTETOWN – The P.E.I. Writers’ Guild will celebrate the best in Island writing with a new awards gala and celebration of student writing at the 26th annual Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards.
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The Island Literary Awards gala will have a reading from special guest Riel Nason, the New Brunswick author who won the 2013 Frye Academy Award for her first novel, “The Town That Drowned.”
This year’s awards will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, at The Guild in Charlottetown and will include a ceremony for the student categories at 2 p.m. and an adult awards gala at 7 p.m.
At the afternoon celebration of student writing, writer and educator Lee Ellen Pottie will host the presentation of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty Creative Writing Awards for Young People. The afternoon will feature readings by first place winners, musical entertainment by children’s author Deirdre Kessler, and a juice and candy bar.
Karen Mair from CBC’s Mainstreet will host the evening awards gala. The ceremony will feature a special guest reading by Riel Nason, the New Brunswick author who won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize for Canada and Europe, the 2012 Margaret and John Savage First Book Award and the 2013 Frye Academy Award for her first novel, “The Town That Drowned.” The gala will also feature a special reading by P.E.I.’s own poet laureate Dianne Hicks Morrow, readings by first-place winners, musical entertainment by Justin Simard and Todd MacLean, and a cash bar.
The gala awards presentations include the L.M. Montgomery P.E.I. Literature for Children Awards, Maritime Electric Short Story Awards, Clary Pottie Creative Non-Fiction Awards, Milton Acorn Poetry Awards, Joseph Sherman Award, and the Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Literary Arts on Prince Edward Island – along with several other special honours.
Each year, the P.E.I. Writers’ Guild hosts the awards to encourage P.E.I.’s up-and-coming writers. Cash prizes are donated by businesses and organizations in the community.
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