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Erin Moure a finalist for the QWF’s Mavis Gallant award


Sit­ting Shi­va on Minto Avenue, by Toots, poet / trans­la­tor Erin Moure’s first work of cre­ative non-fic­tion, is a final­ist for this year’s Mavis Gal­lant Prize offered by the Que­bec Writ­ers Fed­er­a­tion.

Moure’s book com­mem­o­rates an old friend and for­mer lover, the news of whose death inspires this work of mourn­ing and mem­o­ry.  Mid-cen­tu­ry Mon­tre­al and ear­ly 1980s Van­cou­ver are both pow­er­ful­ly evoked in Sit­ting Shi­va on Minto Avenue, by Toots.

The Mavis Gal­lant Prize for Non-Fic­tion is named after the Mon­tre­al-born, Paris-based short fic­tion writer who died in 2014.  Oth­er final­ists are Robyn May­nard for Polic­ing Black Lives and Judi Rev­er for In Praise of Blood.

The QWF’s announce­ment can be found here.  Win­ners are announced at the QWF’s annu­al gala on Novem­ber 20.  Tick­ets are avail­able here.