Former A-frame residents are finalists for three 2020 Governor General’s awards. Madhur Anand’s The Red Line Goes Straight to Your Heart (Strange Light/Penguin Random House Canada) is competing in the non-fiction category. Oana Avasilichioaei is a finalist in two categories: Eight Track (Talonbooks) in poetry, and The Neptune Room in the translation category (Book*hug Press; a translation of La chambre Neptune by Bertrand Laverdure).
Due to the pandemic, 2020 winners will be announced June 1, 2021. The usual schedule will then resume, with 2021 finalists and winners announced this coming fall.
In other news, former resident Rob Taylor’s latest collection of poetry, Strangers (Biblioasis), was published earlier this month. There will be a virtual launch on May 27 at 7 p.m. Details are available on Taylor’s Facebook page.