Locals shortlisted for indie publishing award

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The shortlist for the twelfth annual ReLit Awards for Canadian small publishing has been announced, and it features a couple of local authors–Edward Riche for fiction and Joel Thomas Hynes for poetry.

The ReLit awards (short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, Relighting Literature) are awarded for books from independent Canadian literary publishers in three categories: Poetry, Short Fiction, and Novel.

Among the locals recognized on the shortlist is Edward Riche, author of Rare Birds and The Nine Planets. Riche’s shortlisted novel Easy to Like is a comedic satire about making public taste, from television to wine.

Riche says, “Comic writing isn’t award bait so I’m chuffed. ¬†And I am genuinely honoured and surprised to find myself in the company of the cool kids that always make up that list.”

The ReLit shortlist for 2012:

The Ditch was Lit Like This, Sean Johnston (Thistledown)
Jumping in the Asylum, Patrick Friesen (Quattro)
Grunt of the Minotaur, Robin Richardson (Insomniac)
Post-apothecary, Sandra Ridley (Pedlar)
Woods Wolf Girl, Cornelia Hoogland (Wolsak & Wynn)
Straight Razor Days, Joel Thomas Hynes (Pedlar)

The Odious Child, Carolyn Black (Nightwood)
Stopping for Strangers, Daniel Griffin (Esplanade)
Easy Living, Jesus Hardwell (Exile)
Shag Carpet Action, Matthew Firth (Anvil)
Distillery Songs, Mike Spry (Insomniac)
Pretty, Greg Kearney (Exile)

Prick, Ashley Little (Tightrope)
Easy to Like, Edward Riche (Anansi)
Monoceros, Suzette Mayr (Coach House)
Dirty Feet, Edem Awumey (Anansi)
Break Me, Tom Reynolds (Quattro)
Flowers of Spit, Catherine Mavrikakis (Bookthug)

ReLit founder Kenneth J. Harvey calls the shortlist “strong, as ever, representing some of the most powerful and original cutting-edge writing in this country”.

The winning works will be announced October 29th at the Ottawa International Writers Festival.

For more information, visit www.therelitawards.blogspot.ca