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Author Shortlisted for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce that Birch Split Bark by Diane Guichon has been shortlisted for The Writer's Guild of Alberta City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.

Diane Guichon, along with the two other shortlisted authors will be participating in a reading presented by McNally Robinson Booksellers on Saturday, May 3rd at 10:30 am.

In her debut collection of poems, Birch Split Bark, Diane Guichon uses a quintessentially Canadian image—a birch bark canoe—to speak of those private waters that make us universally human. By writing in the first person of a father, a mother, a son and a daughter, she bridges age to gender, myth to memory and hatred to reconciliation.

Diane Guichon is an MA graduate of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Calgary. Birch Split Bark is her first published book of poetry.

The City of Calgary established the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in honour of the late Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. The $5000 prize is awarded each year for an outstanding book published in the award year. The other two finalists are: Glen Dresser for Correction Road (Oberon Press) and Roberta Rees for Long After Fathers (Coteau Books).