Edmonton writers dominate awards.


EDMONTON - Edmonton writers claimed five of the 9 top book prizes handed out at the Alberta Literary Awards gala in Calgary over the weekend, after Edmonton's Wayne Arthurson walked off with the most lucrative honour, the $10,000 Alberta Readers' Choice Award.

Having been previously shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, The Antagonist by Lynn Coady walked away with the $1,500 Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. Alice Major won the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction for her book, Intersecting Sets: A Poet Looks at Science.

Tim Bowling received his sixth Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry for his book, Tenderman; while Edmonton playwright, Nicole Moeller received the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama for An Almost Perfect Thing.

Edmonton's other winnner was Jannie Edwards, who took home the James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction for "All Night Mirror: Notes Toward an Elegy."

In other awards, Calgary's Cathy Ostlere received top honors in Children's Literature for her second novel, Karma; Lethrbirdge writer Amy Bright claimed Short Story honours for "Look at it This Way;" and Grande Prairie writer Alison Karlene Hodgins won a Travel Writing award for her piece "A World Away."

More than 200 writers attended the awards gala Saturday night, part of The Writers Guild of Alberta's "Adventure of the Process" conference in Calgary.

Source: www.edmontonjournal.com