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Carolyn Black shortlisted for ReLit Award


September 27, 2012

The Odious Child and Other Stories (Nightwood Editions, $21.95) Carolyn Black’s debut book, has been shortlisted for a 2012 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. The annual awards recognize outstanding writing in the categories of poetry, short fiction and novels published by Canadian independent literary presses.

 

In The Odious Child, Carolyn Black spins her stories about desire, alienation, writing and imagination with wit and clarity, and the majority of them sit firmly in the immediacy of present tense. Yet within these strong foundations readers will find fantastical traces of the surreal, moments of utter surprise and endings that bring both satisfaction and an opening up to possibility.

 

Carolyn Black’s stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada. “Serial Love” was published in the prestigious Journey Prize Anthology, and “At World’s End, Falling Off” won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. She received an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she now works, converting early modern manuscripts into books, and converting these books into encoded data for the web. She lives in Toronto when not inhabiting the spaces between then, now and soon.

 

The ReLit awards recognize book-length works published by Canadian independent literary presses in novel, short-story and poetry categories. The other nominees in the short fiction category are Matthew Firth for Shag Carpet Action (Anvil Press), Daniel Griffin’s Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press), Jesus Hardwell’s Easy Living (Exile Editions), Greg Kearney for Pretty (Exile) and Mike Spry’s Distillery Songs (Insomniac). Newfoundland author Kenneth J. Harvey founded the pre-eminent literary prize in 2000. The winners will be announced on October 20, 2012 and will be presented with specially crafted ReLit rings at the Ottawa International Writers Festival. The Odious Child and Other Stories (Nightwood Editions, $21.95) Carolyn Black’s debut book, has been shortlisted for a 2012 ReLit Award for Short Fiction. The annual awards recognize outstanding writing in the categories of poetry, short fiction and novels published by Canadian independent literary presses.

In The Odious Child, Carolyn Black spins her stories about desire, alienation, writing and imagination with wit and clarity, and the majority of them sit firmly in the immediacy of present tense. Yet within these strong foundations readers will find fantastical traces of the surreal, moments of utter surprise and endings that bring both satisfaction and an opening up to possibility.

Carolyn Black’s stories have appeared in literary journals across Canada. “Serial Love” was published in the prestigious Journey Prize Anthology, and “At World’s End, Falling Off” won Honourable Mention at the National Magazine Awards. She received an M.A. in English from the University of Toronto, where she now works, converting early modern manuscripts into books, and converting these books into encoded data for the web. She lives in Toronto when not inhabiting the spaces between then, now and soon.

The ReLit awards recognize book-length works published by Canadian independent literary presses in novel, short-story and poetry categories. The other nominees in the short fiction category are Matthew Firth for Shag Carpet Action (Anvil Press), Daniel Griffin’s Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule Press), Jesus Hardwell’s Easy Living (Exile Editions), Greg Kearney for Pretty (Exile) and Mike Spry’s Distillery Songs (Insomniac). Newfoundland author Kenneth J. Harvey founded the pre-eminent literary prize in 2000. The winners will be announced on October 20, 2012 and will be presented with specially crafted ReLit rings at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.