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Nightwood Editions Congratulates Diane Guichon, Winner of The City of Calgary Book Prize

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Poet Diane Guichon has won the The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, for Birch Split Bark.

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.

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 prize is coordinated through a partnership between The City of Calgary, the Writers Guild of Alberta, and McNally Robinson Booksellers. The winner of The City of Calgary W.O.Mitchell Book Prize will be recognized at the Calgary Awards presentation on June 10, 2008. The Calgary Awards will be televised live on Shaw TV.