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Nighwood Editions Poet Receives BC Book Prize Nomination


March 11, 2010

Nightwood Editions congratulates Gillian Jerome who has been nominated for the BC Book Prizes Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her debut book of poetry Red Nest.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, award prizes for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, regional topics, children's literature, illustrations for children's literature and a bookseller's choice award.

"What a thrill to be nominated for my first book!", exclaims Jerome. "It's fabulous for Nightwood and humbling to be chosen alongside such talented artists who work in community with eachother in this province despite the perilous conditions for art and arts organizing in BC."

Enter the surreal adventure that is Gillian Jerome’s debut collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues. Just when you’ve been ambushed by gods and stars, you are catapulted back into a wild, sprawling city filled with cordless phones, coyotes and the hairdos of dandelions. The brave and rambunctious creatures in this book nest in the humour and horror of 21st-century.

Gillian Jerome's first non-fiction book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, won the 2009 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She teaches literature at UBC and her poetry has been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets. Jerome has lived in Montreal, Whistler, Banff, Australia, France and Arizona, where she completed an English graduate degree. She now lives in East Vancouver with her family.
Harbour Publishing author David Zieroth has also received a Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize nomination for The Fly in Autumn. The winners will be announced on April 24, 2010 at Government House in Victoria.