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Two Nightwood Authors Shortlisted for the 2006 Ottawa Book Awards!


April 28, 2006

John-James Ford, author of Bonk on the Head has been nominated in the English Fiction category and Chris Robinson, author of Stole This From a Hockey Card has been nominated in the English Non-Fiction category for the 2006 Ottawa Book Awards.

Bonk on the Head is the fictional account of a young man’s strange and gruelling journey through military indoctrination, and the strange and gruelling family life that drives him to it. Author John-James Ford, himself a graduate of Royal Military College, presents a spirited coming-of-age novel that is at once both gripping and hilarious.

John-James Ford was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan, in 1972. He is a Canadian Foreign Service Officer who lives in Ottawa and abroad. His poetry and short fiction have been published in Grey Borders, Papertiger, qwerty, Carousel and Prairie Fire. This is his first novel.

“It’s an honour for my first effort in fiction to be recognized by the city of Ottawa, a place that is my de facto hometown…The truth is that Ottawa has a cozy and talented literary community, and I'm pleased to be a part of it. Having Bonk on the Head published has been a valuable learning experience for me…” — John-James Ford

A thinking-fan’s hockey book , Stole This from a Hockey Card: A Philosophy of Hockey, Doug Harvey, Identity and Booze strikes just the right note for those disillusioned by today’s NHL. Partly a fragmented biography of legendary Montreal Canadiens defenceman Doug Harvey, Stole This from a Hockey Card probes for answers to how one of the game’s greatest defencemen could also lead one of the most tragic and mysterious personal lives. The book juxtaposes these investigations with the author’s own humble beginnings as a troubled youth who found escape in the cardboard identities put forth by hockey cards and by his own identity as a street-hockey hotshot.

Chris Robinson is an author, freelance writer and the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. He writes the “gonzo” column “The Animation Pimp” for Animation World magazine, and for many other international publications. Robinson lives in Ottawa.

“Just getting Stole This From a Hockey Card published was already a nice award but being shortlisted for an Ottawa book award is really a pleasant and welcome surprise. Now if the Senators can finally win the Cup it will be a perfect year.” — Chris Robinson

Presentation of the Ottawa Book Awards will take place on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Avenue. The event is open to the public.