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Nightwood Editions Celebrates Gillian Jerome's ReLit Nomination

Posted: September 2, 2010

Nightwood Editions celebrates Gillian Jerome’s nomination for the 2010 ReLit Awards shortlist for her debut book of poetry entitled Red Nest.

The ReLit Awards (Ideas, Not Money) were founded in 2000 and celebrate new work released by independent Canadian literary publishers. ReLit is short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, Relighting Literature.

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’re 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 the 21st-century.  

Gillian’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. She now lives in East Vancouver with her family.

The other nominees for the 2010 ReLit Awards shortlist can be found here. ReLit winners will receive their awards on October 20th at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.