Alessandra Naccarato Wins 2015 RBC Browen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

In a ceremony held last night at the Royal Conservatory of Music, The Writers' Trust of Canada announced Alessandra Naccarato as the winner of the 2015 RBC Bronwn Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her poetry collection, "Re-Origin of Species." The award includes a $5,000 prize, as well as the opportunity to mentor under an established writer.

The WAR Series: Writers as Readers, with Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson's The Secrets Men Keep (Now or Never Publishing) is a comic, sharp-eyed examination of the changing landscape of how men and women view each other and themselves, and the lies, expectations, pleasures and mishaps that litter our modern relationships.

Today we're talking to Mark as part of The WAR Series: Writers As Readers questionnaire, which gives writers an opportunity to talk about the books that shaped them, from first loves to new favourites.

On Writing, with Mike Steeves

Mike Steeves's Giving Up (BookThug) is a novel in three parts that takes place over the course of a single night. Mary and James are a couple struggling with the intersection of ambition, expectation and disappointment. As the hours slip by in their unnamed city, two small but ultimately significant events happen that will have a ripple effect on Mary and James' relationship and individual identities.

To celebrate the publication of Giving Up, Mike's first novel, we are thrilled to speak to him today on Open Book.

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