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June 9, 2020

Quill and Quire review

"Anita Daher’s new novel starts off slow and choppy but by the end has you invested and enthralled."

It isn't effusive, but I'll take it! For years I've hoped an editor at Quill & Quire would be interested enough in one of my titles to review it. You Don't Have To Die In The End: A Novel is book fifteen. I am thrilled :-)

Full review here
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Published on June 09, 2020 10:33 Tags: review, ya

June 8, 2020

Letter from an Author in a Post-Pandemic World

A week or so ago I posted thoughts on social media about the impact of a lost book-launch season. Author and publisher Linda L. Richards asked if she could reframe it and publish it in her excellent long time publication, January Magazine. Done! Here it is: Letter from an Author in a Post-Pandemic World.

I should add that my posts don't usually garner as much attention as this one did. Though I was glad to share the info for those who may not have been aware of the extent of the impact on writers/publishers, it left me feeling very...exposed. Even vulnerable. I will never not be that shy little girl who avoided attention lest it be negative. I realize some may feel this is at odds with my role of Chair of the Writers' Union and my other occupation, acting. To me it makes sense. I have passions, and I pursue them, but these passions are about what I do and who I serve, never about "me." But social media can be a horse of a different colour. I've temporarily retreated from Twitter and Facebook. A good thing, as I focus on my next work-in-progress.
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Published on June 08, 2020 05:05

June 4, 2020

Ebook available

Hope you are all keeping well! Pleased to note that my April released novel, You Don't Have To Die In The End: A Novel is now available in e-book format via Amazon, Kobo, and through my publisher, Great Plains Publications.
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Published on June 04, 2020 05:18 Tags: ebook, ya

May 20, 2020

PBN Interview

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Published on May 20, 2020 04:44

April 28, 2020

Launch and more online

Thank you to all who joined me during my livestream book launch of You Don't Have To Die In The End: A Novel! Thank you to the National Arts Centre for hosting! We had a few tech glitches but quickly regrouped and got 'er done :-) You can find the launch and other videos on my YouTube channel, Anita Daher Books.

Have a beautiful day, all! xo
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Published on April 28, 2020 06:36

April 23, 2020

Livestream book launch, today!

Join Anita Daher for the livestream launch of her most recent teen novel, You Don't Have To Die In The End: A Novel, published by Yellow Dog, an imprint of Great Plains Publications.
Event hosted by the National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts.

WHERE:
On Facebook: Anita Daher and Anita Daher Books.
On Youtube: Anita Daher Books

WHEN:
3 pm CST (note your time zone)

ABOUT THE NOVEL:
Eugenia Grimm is a tough girl living in a tough town at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. She drinks and fights and pushes against expectations. She is also hurting: after her father died by suicide, her older brothers drifted away and her mother up and left.

After a last-straw violent incident and faced with the possibility of incarceration, she is sentenced to time at an Intensive Support and Supervision Program located at a remote mountain ranch. There, she begins to make connections, explore difficult truths, and might even turn things around—until a series of events pull her into a dark spiral she may not have the strength to resist.

A novel about hope, healing and redemption.

Praise for You Don’t Have to Die in the End

“…many serious themes are woven into the story, but there is also the wonderful appreciation of what can be achieved if only people are given the time, encouragement and incentive to work out their problems and improve their lives.” — Highly Recommended by CM Magazine

“A provocative and compelling story that will leave you both emotionally raw, and satisfied.” — Eric Walters, author of Walking Home, The Rule of Three

"One of the greatest book titles I’ve ever seen, and a great motto for right now." -Bill Redekop, journalist and author

With thanks to Facebook, Slaight Music, the RBC Foundation, SiriusXM Canada and the National Arts Centre

AND YOU!
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Published on April 23, 2020 08:36 Tags: booklaunch

January 17, 2020

You Don't Have to Die in the End, April release

My YA novel (ten years in the making!) You Don't Have To Die In The End: A Novel will be launched April 23rd in Winnipeg at McNally Robinson's book store.

If you are so inclined, I would be honoured to have you add it to your "To Read" list.
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Published on January 17, 2020 06:31

June 5, 2019

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Just back from Halifax, where I began my two-year tenure as Chair of the Writers' Union of Canada. I couldn't be more honoured. The Union was formed in 1973 to protect the rights and livelihoods of professional authors in this country. No easy task, and the work continues.

It will be a busy summer. We've a few more days of post-insurance water-damage renovations to complete, but I will otherwise throw myself into an edit of You Don't Have to Die in the End. I'd like to have it complete before I head to Reykjavik at the end of the summer for next novel research and a writer residency.
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Published on June 05, 2019 04:54

May 23, 2019

Contract signed! And the title is...

You Don't Have to Die in the End.

In 2007 or so, shortly after my previous "grittier" YA novel, Spider's Song, was published, I toured, presented, spoke with teens. After one presentation, at an "alternative" high school in Alberta (for students who for one reason or another hadn't thrived in the public system), a teen spoke to me, shared her own story (which I keep to myself), and asked me when I would write another like that. The idea was daunting, as this book, the writing of it, had been emotionally exhausting. I do not tread likely in the skin of troubled teens. Instead I bounced back into middle grade novels, so fun even when they are scary.

I began writing this novel a few years later, but it took ten to get just right. The short synopsis: A young offender must address her tragic past in order to find a way forward.

You Don't Have to Die in the End will be published by Great Plains Publications Spring 2020. Deepest thanks to Carolyn Swayze of the Swayze Agency for arranging the deal.

I am off to the Writers Union of Canada AGM and Onwards conference next weekend, and will dive into revisions on my return. So excited to introduce Eugenia to the world.
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Published on May 23, 2019 05:36

May 4, 2019

2019 Manitoba Book Awards Finalists and Recipients

UPDATE: The Manitoba Book Awards organizers have announced there was an error made during the gala night, with the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba author award in fact being split between the previously announced Tasha Spillett and also Michael J. Clark.


McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, English

Glitter and Fall: Laozi's Dao De Jing: Transinhalations by Di Brandt, published by Turnstone Press
Paul Is Dead by C.C. Benison, published by Signature Editions
WINNER: More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, published by Great Plains Publications

McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards: Older category, English
Ark Land by Scott A. Ford, published by ChiZine Publications (ChiGraphic)
WINNER: Monsters by David A. Robertson, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
Trouble Never Sleeps by Stephanie Tromly, published by Penguin Random House

Manitoba Indigenous Writer of the Year Award/ Prix de l’écrivain.e autochtone manitobain.e de l’année (The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba), English/Français/Indigenous Languages)
Joseph Bird
RUNNER UP: Rosanna Deerchild
Dallas Hunt
RUNNER UP: David A. Robertson
WINNER: Tasha Spillett

Le Prix littéraire Rue-Deschambault (established as biennial, for books published in 2017 and 2018) (Province of Manitoba, Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage), Français
Empreintes par Lise Gaboury-Diallo, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
WINNER: L’enfant rouge par Bertrand Nayet, publié par Les Éditions du Blé
Une terrasse en mai par Simone Chaput, publié par Leméac Éditeur

Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction (Province of Manitoba, Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage), English
Lost Aria by Carmelo Militano, published by Ekstasis Editions
Paul Is Dead by C.C. Benison, published by Signature Editions
WINNER: Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books

Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction/Prix Alexander-Kennedy-Isbister pour les études et essais (Province of Manitoba, Department of Sport, Culture and Heritage), English/Français
Bird-Bent Grass: A Memoir, in Pieces by Kathleen Venema, published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Coming Back to Jail: Women, Trauma, and Criminalization by Elizabeth Comack, published by Fernwood Publishing
The Emperor’s Orphans by Sally Ito, published by Turnstone Press
Literary Impostors: Canadian Autofiction of the Early Twentieth Century by Rosmarin Heidenreich, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press
Seeking the Fabled City: The Canadian Jewish Experience by Allan Levine, published by McClelland & Stewart
WINNER: Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, published by University of Manitoba Press

Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher/Prix Mary-Scorer pour le meilleur livre par un éditeur du Manitoba (sponsored by Friesens), English/Français
More Abandoned Manitoba: Rivers, Rails and Ruins by Gordon Goldsborough, design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by Great Plains Publications
Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Métis Community, 1901 – 1961 by Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner, cover design by Frank Reimer, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover photo by Gerry Cairns (Winnipeg Free Press collection), published by University of Manitoba Press
Sea Over Bow: A North Atlantic Crossing by Linda Kenyon, cover design by Doowah Design, published by Signature Editions
WINNER: Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, cover and interior design by Urbanink, published by ARP Books
You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller by Caelum Vatnsdal, cover and interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books

Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba author (The Winnipeg Foundation), English
CO-WINNER: Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark, published by ECW Press
Learning the Hard Way by Joseph Bird, published by Goldrock Press
Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik, published by Coach House Books
CO-WINNER: Surviving the City, written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press

Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award/Prix littéraire Carol-Shields de la ville de Winnipeg (The Winnipeg Arts Council with funding from the City of Winnipeg), English/Français
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik, published by Coach House Books
Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, published by ARP Books
WINNER: Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, published by ARP Books

Manuela Dias Design and Illustration awards/Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition (no cash prize), English/Français/Indigenous Languages
I. Book design
Family of Spies: Paris by Jodi Carmichael, design by Relish New Brand Experience, interior illustrations by Jamie Gatta, published by Yellow Dog, an imprint of Great Plains Publications
Inuit Stories of Being and Rebirth: Gender, Shamanism, and the Third Sex by Bernard Saladin d’Anglure, cover design by Marvin Harder, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover art by Pitaloosie Saila (Arctic Madonna, Winnipeg Art Gallery collection), published by University of Manitoba Press
Rooster Town: The History of an Urban Métis Community, 1901 – 1961 by Evelyn Peters, Matthew Stock, and Adrian Werner, cover design by Frank Reimer, interior design by Jess Koroscil, cover photo by Gerry Cairns (Winnipeg Free Press collection), published by University of Manitoba Press
WINNER: Small Predators by Jennifer Ilse Black, cover artwork and design by Kenneth Lavallee, interior design by Relish New Brand Experience, published by ARP Books
Stolen City: Racial Capitalism and the Making of Winnipeg by Owen Toews, cover and interior design by Urbanink, published by ARP Books
Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, cover design by Mike Carroll, interior design by Jess Koroscil, published by University of Manitoba Press

II. General illustration
compositions de J.R. Léveillé, maquette de couverture de Bernard Léveillé, mise en page de Bernard Léveillé et Chanh To (Rinella Printers), et Philippe Dupas (Appeal Graphics), publié par Les Éditions du Blé
Exploring the Old Trans-Canada East: Canada’s Route 66 by Clint Cannon, design by Kendra Jacob-Azevedo, maps by Dawn Huck, published by Heartland Associates Inc.
WINNER: IKWE: Honouring Women, Life Givers, and Water Protectors, written and illustrated by Jackie Traverse, image editing and cover design by Melody Morrissette, published by Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing
Warehouse Journal: Volume 27, edited and designed by Liana Thomson and Jinnette Alvaran, published by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

III. Graphic novel
Pemmican Wars (Vol. 1 of A Girl Called Echo), written by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, coloured by Donovan Yaciuk, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
WINNER: Surviving the City, written by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan, design by Relish New Brand Experience, cover art by Natasha Donovan, lettering by Donovan Yaciuk, published by HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press
Window Horses: the Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming, written by Ann Marie Fleming, illustrations and cover artwork by Kevin Langdale, cover design by Ryan Ferrier, published by Bedside Press

IV. Children’s Illustrated
Held over to next year.

Chris Johnson Award for Best Play by a Manitoba Playwright/Prix Chris-Johnson pour la meilleure pièce par un dramaturge manitobain (established as biennial for plays published or produced in 2017 and 2018) (Manitoba Association of Playwrights), English/Français
Deserter by Daniel Thau-Eleff, produced by Moving Target Theatre Company  
L’Ennemi du Peuple par Rhéal Cenerini, produite par le Cercle Molière, publiée par Les Éditions du Blé
WINNER: The Flats by Ginny Collins, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange and Cercle Molière 
How the Heavens Go by Joseph Aragon, produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange
Nanabozho et Le Tambour par Rhéal Cenerini, produite par le Cercle Molière, publiée par Les Éditions du Blé
Sarah Ballenden by Maureen Hunter, produced by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, published by Scirocco Drama, an imprint of J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
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Published on May 04, 2019 13:08