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April 27, 2006

Miraculous Hours up for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce Miraculous Hours, the first poetry collection of Matt Rader, is nominated for the 2006 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

Miraculous Hours, by Vancouverite Matt Rader, is the fierce and tender retelling of early significant-and-strange interactions with the ones we love and the world we live in. From a world where wild dogs slide like ghosts into homes, water towers are “giant blue bullets unexploded in the earth” and walls are tortured to talk, Matt Rader forms a meticulously crafted reflection on how the events, experiences and environment of our early lives shape our sense of faith, our strongest convictions, and the map of the world we carry with us.
The Gerald Lampert Award jury calls Miraculous Hours "a keenly developed collection that is at once... grounded and finely crafted... [F]rom the opening lines of this fine first collection, we are 'plunged feet-first into the anxious river' of Rader's words; swept up in their swirling current."

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who took interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. It is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets and carries a $1,000 prize. The winner will be announced June 10, 2006.