Archive | September 2012

NMAF welcomes new President and other members to its Board of Directors

Douglas Thomson

The Board of Directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation has formally approved its board executive and new directors for 2012-2013, as well as the date and venue for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala.

Douglas Thomson, editor of Canadian Home Workshop, has been elected the new President of the NMAF Board of Directors for a two-year term. Douglas replaces Arjun Basu, editorial director of Spafax, who served as president from 2010-2012 and will remain on the board.

To his fellow directors, Douglas Thomson noted:

“Like the Canadian magazine industry itself, the NMAF has responded to the changing media landscape with an extra push of creativity, energy and innovation. And as evidenced by the nearly 2000 entries and 200 participating magazines in the awards last year, it’s an exciting time for magazines and its an exciting time for the NMAF. I’m eager to be a part of that continued spirited evolution.”

Joyce Byrne, associate publisher of Venture Publishing, has been elected the new Vice-President of the NMAF Board of Directors.

Brian Morgan, art director of The Walrus, has been elected the new Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Also newly elected to serve on the NMAF Board of Directors is Matthew Fox, executive editor & digital media strategist at St. Joseph Media.

The NMAF would also like to honour its outgoing board members and thank them for their service to the Canadian magazine industry:

Patrick Walsh, editor of Outdoor Canada and Past President of the NMAF, who served 11 years on the Board of Directors.

Susan Zuzinjak, president of Smitten Creative Boutique and former Secretary of the NMAF, who served 9 years on the Board of Directors.

Carolyn Warren, regional manager of cultural programming and new integrated content at CBC Montreal, who served 2 years on the Board of Directors.

For a complete list of the NMAF Board of Directors please visit magazine-awards.com.

The 36th annual National Magazine Awards

The NMAF Board of Directors has also approved the event date and venue for the 2013 National Magazine Awards gala. Next year’s event will be Friday, June 7, 2013 at The Carlu in Toronto. Further details and ticket information will be posted in the spring.

Submissions for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards will be accepted starting December 1. Updated submissions information (categories, guidelines, etc) will be posted to the NMAF website in mid-November. Sign up for our bilingual newsletter or follow the Magazine Awards blog to stay up to date on announcements.

Your Guide to Fall Magazine Writing Contests

[This post has been updated]

Autumn, for many, is a fertile time of mind. Anticipating that, many of Canada’s great literary magazines and organizations are hosting creative writing contests for emerging journalists and literary artists.

Building on our Guide to Summer Writing Contests we present those competitions open to the general public coming up this fall. We also carry an exhaustive list of awards, contests, funding and other opportunities in the Professional Resources section of our website. If we missed one, let us know.

The Walrus | CIC International Long-Form Competition
Sections: Non-fiction
Deadline: October 26, 2012
Prize: $7500 + publication
Entry Fee: None
Detailshttp://www.opencanada.org/competition/
Notes: Entrants submit a detailed pitch for an investigative story with an international focus; the winner will work with a Walrus editor to develop and publish the piece.

CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize
Sections: Short fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $6000 + publication in enRoute + Banff centre residency (winner); $1000 to each of 4 runners-up
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.cbc.ca/books/canadawrites/literaryprizes/shortstory/
Notes: CBC Canada Writes also hosts Creative Non-fiction and Poetry competitions with deadlines in 2013. Details to come.

The Malahat Review Open Season Awards
Sections: Fiction; Poetry; Creative non-fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 to the winner in each section + publication
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://web.uvic.ca/malahat/contests/open_season/info.html

Amprosia | WCDR Prose Competition
Sections: Creative non-fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2012
Prize: $1000 (1st); $400 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication in anthology
Entry Fee: $20
Detailshttp://wcdr.ca/wcdr/2012-amprosia-the-wcdr-prose-competition/

Writers Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Sections: Fiction; Non-fiction
Deadline: November 3, 2012
Prize: $2500; assistance with publication
Entry Fee: $29
Detailshttp://www.writersunion.ca/short-prose

PRISM International Creative Writing Contests
Sections
: Literary non-fiction; Short fiction; Poetry
Deadline: November 28, 2012 (non-fiction); January 25, 2013 (fiction & poetry)
Prize: $1500 (1st); $300 (2nd); $200 (3rd); publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://prismmagazine.ca/contests/

Prairie Fire Creative Writing Contests
Sections: Creative non-fiction; Short fiction; Poetry
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Prize: $1250 (1st); $500 (2nd); $250 (3rd); publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $32 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://prairiefire.ca/contests.html

Briarpatch Creative Writing Contest
Sections: Creative non-fiction
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Prize: $750 in total prizes
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/creative-writing-contest

The Fiddlehead 22nd annual Literary Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: December 1, 2012
Prize: $2000 (winner); $200 each for 2 runners-up; publication in magazine
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.thefiddlehead.ca/FHcontest.html

FreeFall magazine Poetry and Prose Contest
Sections: Poetry; Fiction
Deadline: December 31, 2012
Prize: $300 (winner); $150 (2nd); $75 (3rd); publication
Entry Fee: $21 (includes subscription)
Detailshttp://www.freefallmagazine.ca/contest.html

Alberta Literary Awards
Sections: Travel Writing (unpublished); Essays (unpublished); Short Fiction (published); Non-fiction (published); plus book awards
Deadline: December 31, 2012
Prize: $700 (winner in each section)
Entry Fee: $25
Detailshttp://www.writersguild.ab.ca/Alberta-Literary-Awards.asp

Other contests on the horizon for 2013:
The New Quarterly literary contests
CBC Canada Writes non-fiction & poetry contests
Grain magazine Short Grain writing contests
Event magazine non-fiction contest
Writers Union of Canada various contests
Geist magazine various contests
Arc Poetry Magazine various contests

Know of other literary contests coming up this fall/winter? Leave a comment on this blog or holler at us: staff [at] magazine-awards.com or twitter.com/natmagawards.

NMA Winner Joshua Knelman wins Edna Staebler Prize

National Magazine Award-winning writer Joshua Knelman, whose book Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art began life as a NMA-winning investigative story in The Walrus, has been named the 2012 winner of the prestigious Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction from Wilfried Laurier University in Waterloo.

We profiled Joshua and his remarkable book in our Off the Page interview segment last spring, outlining the story of how his NMA success helped pave the way for the book project.

The Edna Staebler Award was established in 1991 by writer and literary journalist Edna Staebler. It recognizes a Canadian writer of a first or second published book with a Canadian locale and/or significance. The annual winner receives a prize of $10,000.

Just the Facts: Magazines Canada publishes 2012 Fact Book

Our friends at Magazines Canada have published their annual state-of-the-magazine compendium of statistics, trends and other research from the Canadian consumer magazine industry. Available in English and French (pdf; 120 pages).

Did you know that:

  • Approximately 59% of Canadians read a magazine last week (and more than 8 in 10 picked one up within the last 3 months);
  • Canada has more consumer magazines per capita (100) than France, Germany, the UK and the USA;
  • In the past decade the number of new Canadian consumer magazines has grown by 12%;
  • The vast majority (71%) of readers still prefer print (i.e. real paper) over digital magazine media;
  • Ad revenue in Canadian magazines outpaces a sampling of 12 other global leaders by 20%;
  • The American multinational consumer-goods conglomerate Procter & Gamble spends more on Canadian magazine advertising–by a long shot–than any other company or organization;
  • Ads on the right-hand page of a magazine have only marginally more impact than ads on the left-hand page;
  • 73% of magazine readers save or bookmark a magazine advertisement for future reference;
  • Magazine advertisements, in brief, work better than ads in all other media (there are about 50 pages of stats and research to back this up).

Visit Magazines Canada to download the fact books.

The Tyee launches event series with America: But Better

The award-winning and National Magazine Award-nominated The Tyee magazine is launching a speaker series called “A Tyee’d Talk” with the first event a book launch of America: But Better.

The authors, Chris Cannon and Brian Calvert, will present their unique interpretation of how to cure the ails of our neighbour to the south at the Wise Hall in Vancouver.

The event is this Thursday, September 27 at 7pm. Ticket info at the BCAMP website.

‘Word on the Street’ is this weekend in 6 Canadian cities!

Word on the Street is the annual Canadian book and magazine festival, which this year is coming to 6 Canadian cities:

Toronto: Sunday, Sept 23 at Queen’s Park Circle
Halifax: Sunday, Sept 23 by the Maritime Museum
Saskatoon: Sunday, Sept 23 at Civic Square
Lethbridge: Sunday, Sept 23 at Main Library
Kitchener: Sunday, Sept 23 around City Hall
Vancouver: Sept 28-30 (various locations)

If you’ve never been to WOTS before, it’s basically a fun day in the park surrounded by magazines, books, authors and food. It’s often a great opportunity to snag great subscription deals and hard-to-find back issues of your favourite magazines, as well as discounted books.

Plus, readings from wonderful authors and informative, career-building speaker series. Most of all, it’s a great place to discover new reads.

Magazines Canada Webinar Series begins today

Magazines Canada is launching its fall webinar series this afternoon at 2pm (ET) with a class hosted by National Magazine Award-winning journalist Stephen Kimber, on the subject of non-fiction writing:

Join award-winning author and journalism professor Stephen Kimber for an hour of inspiring and practical advice on how to make your non-fiction sing, including capturing characters and dialogue, creating vivid scenes, knowing what to include—and what to cut, and much more.

The rest of Magazines Canada’s webinar lineup this season includes a feature by National Magazine Award winner David Fielding of Canadian Business, called “Strategies of an Award-Winning Editor” on November 14:

What does it take to get your magazine’s writers into the winner’s circle at the NMAs and other awards programs? Join David Fielding, executive editor at Canadian Business magazine, as he shares the strategies he’s used to help his writers get their best work onto his magazine’s pages—and score some prizes along the way as well.

Magazines Canada offers individual and package rates for members and non-members for its webinars. Read more.

Summer Reading Series X: One-of-a-Kind Stories

Sometime on Saturday the Earth’s equatorial plane will appear to tilt away from the sun and welcome its rays more southward, signaling the autumnal equinox for those of us in the northern hemisphere.

Which means the summer of our Reading Series is about to end. We close with a National Magazine Award category known as One-of-a-Kind, stories particularly unique within the magazine craft.

And, if you have read all thirty award-winning stories we anthologized in our online reading series this season, congratulations! You’ve clearly had a fulfilling summer and you’re ready for the leaves to change!

1.Adrift on the Nileby Paul Wilson in The Walrus (Gold, One-of-a-Kind, 2011)
A year and a half later, what began in Tahrir Square in Cairo (after it began in Tunisia) seems not yet to have run its full course. Paul Wilson was there when the new liberation movement erupted in Egypt in 2011, and while demonstrations across the Arab world are once again dominating headlines, this National Magazine Award-winning story is worth revisiting, especially given the author’s keens senses of place, scale and history.

“And so began a hair-raising dash through the traffic swirling around Tahrir Square, Phillip always a few paces ahead of me. It was Friday, and another large demonstration had taken place that afternoon; now it was evening, the crowd had thinned, and the atmosphere was more relaxed. A line of skinny kids who looked about twelve years old filed by to the rhythmic beating of an oil drum. Their faces were painted red, white, and black—the colours of the Egyptian flag. ‘Welcome!’ ” [Read more]

2.The Lizard, the Catacombs & the Clockby Sean Michaels in Brick (Gold, One-of-a-Kind, 2010)
The intoxicating story of the underground labyrinths of Paris and the cataphiles who spelunk within them, Sean Michaels explores one of the more mysterious sides of the world’s most-visited city.

Parisians call it a gruyère. For hundreds of years, the catacombs under the city have been a conduit, sanctuary, and birthplace for its secrets. The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables’ Jean Valjean both haunted these tunnels, striking students descended in 1968, as did patriots during the Second World War. The Nazis visited too, building a bunker in the maze below the 6th arrondissement. [Read more]

3.Driving Mary Seigelby Chris Koentges in Swerve (Silver, One-of-a-Kind, 2008)
Chris Koentges is a three-time winner in this category and any of his pieces is worth a good long look, but this story in particular is topical since it recounts the author’s trip across the United States of America in the summer and fall of 2008, trying to figure out what made its ordinary citizens so hopeful about a presidential candidate named Barack Obama.

“From an SUV, someone yelled ‘Obama guy.’ I pretended to ignore it, waiting for the lights to change. ‘Hey, Obama guy!’ There was this goading Phillip Seymour Hoffman inflection, and this similar kind of concentration in his face. He had flown in from L.A. because Southern Florida—the battleground—was what he wanted to remember 50 years from now. He spoke about watching the 2000 election on TV, about the fact that he and I simply being here was enough to break the karmic loop.” [Read more]

Keep reading! The National Magazine Awards digital archive is open all year long: magazine-awards.com/archive. Or get it in eBook form for your iPad.

Previous editions of our Summer Reading Series: Travel | Essays | Sports & Rec | Fiction | Personal Journalism | Poetry | Best Short Feature | Arts & Entertainment | Profiles

Photograph of Tahrir Square courtesy Roger LeMoyne

Upcoming Magazine Events in Toronto: This Mag, Spacing

Ah, it must be close to autumn, because some of our favourite (and National Magazine Award-winning) magazines are hosting issue launch parties.

This Magazine is celebrating its brand new redesign (as of the Sept/Oct ’12 issue) with an event this coming Wednesday, September 19, at the watering hole known as No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street).

More info on their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Spacing, the magazine of urban affairs and development, is hosting a launch party for its Fall 2012 issue next Tuesday, September 25, at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto.

Five bucks gets you in the door and a copy of the new issue. (RSVP suggested.)

More info at the Spacing site.

Any other launches or events coming up, please let us know.

Congrats to the winners of the Manitoba Magazine Awards

The winners have been announced for the annual Manitoba Magazine Awards, and Wave–the health and wellness periodical published by Winnipeg’s Regional Health Authority–was named Manitoba Magazine of the Year.

The Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association handed out awards in 14 categories; winners including:

Centennial College hosts Sports Journalism Event

Next Tuesday, September 18, Centennial College’s Centre for Creative Communications will team up with the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) and The Sports Group to host a panel discussion on Sports Journalism.

Panellists include Tas Melas, the co-founder and co-host for The Basketball Jones on The Score Television Network, Chris Jones, columnist for ESPN the Magazine, Julie Scott, sports editor for The Canadian Press, and Akil Augustine, host and producer for NBA TV Canada.

The event will run from 7-9:30 p.m., with registration starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students, $15 for CAJ members, and $25 for the general public.

More info at the CAJ website.

NMA winner Louis Fishauf shows off great illustrators

Ten-time National Magazine Award-winning creative director Louis Fishauf (formerly of Saturday Night and Toronto Life) has created an online scrapbook of the first ten issues of Global Brief, the world-affairs quarterly he currently designs.

The book is dedicated to the illustrators whom he’s commissioned to help give Global Brief its very distinctive look and feel. As Fishauf told the Canadian Magazines blog, “Despite working with a very modest art budget, I’ve been able to recruit some of the finest illustrators in Canada, the US and Europe, by cashing in some of the goodwill that still lingers from my AD heyday, and offering the artists a lot of creative freedom.”

The illustrators include National Magazine Award finalists and winners Anita Kunz, Dan Page, Gary Taxali, Christian Northeast, Brad Yeo, James Turner, Blair Drawson, and Kenneth R. Wilson Award winner Ryan Snook.

The book is created using the open-source technology of Issuu, a new-media initiative specializing in helping individuals create customizable digital magazines from xml/Flash templates.

NMA winner Chris Turner awarded prestigious freelance prize

Eight-time* National Magazine Award winner Chris Turner has been named the recipient of the 2012 Dave Greber Freelance Award for magazine writing, for his article “On Tipping in Cuba” published in the April 2012 issue of The Walrus.

The Dave Greber awards were originally created to reward Calgary writers working on projects with a social-justice theme. The theme remains, but the contest is now open to freelancers from across Canada (though Chris Turner is, coincidentally, a Calgary writer). The winner of the magazine prize receives $2000.

More about the Dave Greber awards here.

Recent National Magazine Awards for Chris Turner, from the NMA Archives (magazine-awards.com/archive):

The Farms are Not All Right“; The Walrus (Silver, Society, 2011)
The Age of Breathing Underwater“; The Walrus (Gold, Essays, 2009)
An Inconvenient Talk“; The Walrus (Gold, Politics & Public Interest, 2009)
The Big Decision“; AlbertaViews (Gold, Essays, 2008)

* Yesterday on our Twitter feed we incorrectly noted that Chris has won 7 National Magazine Awards. He has indeed won 8.

Summer Reading Series 9: Popular Profiles

What makes a person tick? We sometimes ask a question like that anticipating an equally laconic answer. Ah, but the magazine is among many things a forum for nuance and context. The best personal portraits are those that explore the underlying connections between a character’s traits and his or her environment, both past and present, and therein construct a deeper connection between the character and the reader.

The penultimate installment of our 2012 Summer Reading Series exposes the art of the profile, with three Canadians–a politician, an athlete and a scientist–whose lives jump off the page.

As you probably know by now, these stories and those of all finalists and winners from the past few years can be found in the National Magazine Awards archive (magazine-awards.com/archive).

1.Madam Premierby Lisa Gregoire in The Walrus (2011 Gold winner in Profiles)
One quickly derives from her matter-of-fact depiction of Nunavut premier Eva Aariak that 6-time NMA nominee Lisa Gregoire is describing someone composed of the arctic itself: vast, powerful, and capable of great transformation. The challenges facing the present and future of Canada’s youngest political territory may be greater than one woman can bear, but as Ms. Gregoire patiently investigates, Madam Premier is a person of uncommon determination and clarity.

“Eva Aariak is a patient January Capricorn, born when people in my world were building rockets and people in her world were navigating frozen moonscapes with homemade qamutiik (sleds), when people from both our worlds were founding Frobisher Bay, now Iqaluit, so my people could encourage her people to stop wandering and start praying. Nunavut has been imagined, designed, negotiated, legislated, and commemorated, all within her lifetime.” [Read more]

2.The Unstoppable Lena Rowatby Geoff Powter in Explore (2009 Gold winner in Profiles)
The title sums up this piece superbly. Lena Rowat was determined to ski from Vancouver to the Yukon’s formidable Mount Logan and then beyond to Alaska, the very idea of which is so bizarre and so compelling to most of us couch-based mortals as to beg the inquiry: Surely, someone or something would stop her; otherwise, there would have to be some degree of insanity involved, or else some untold truth of human motivation that demands a complete explanation.

“These are the days of a typical Lena Rowat ski traverse: Up with the dawn, breakfast is whatever liquid you’ve kept in the water bottle in your sleeping bag through the night. You break through the brain fog of the morning and find your pace, often on your own, in silence, up and down and across kilometre after kilometre of white ridges and glacial rolls. You stop and dig a pit for lunch, the big meal of the day, a carefully planned allotment of mega calories, with gobs of olive oil in every dish to get you through the long afternoon. You ski until your legs or the terrain tell you to stop.” [Read more]

3. “The Trials of Saint Suzuki” by Ken MacQueen in Maclean’s (2007 Gold winner in Profiles)
The gradual transformation of activist David Suzuki from drum-beating environmental voice in the wilderness to political and corporate  environmental consultant has not gone unnoticed by those who have long held his tireless work as gospel. And yet there is no paradox in the character of one of Canada’s most famous citizens; rather, an evolution that is very much of the environmental movement itself.

“Climate change, doing what it does, has indeed changed the climate of debate. New tactics are called for from environmentalists, too, and that includes a corporate rapprochement, of a sort. Suzuki—whose organization, in the past, has taken pride in its lack of corporate donors—admits he’ll need an attitude adjustment.” [Read more]

Read these stories and more at the National Magazine Awards archive: magazine-awards.com/archive.

Previous editions of our Summer Reading Series: Travel | Essays | Sports & Rec | Fiction | Personal Journalism | Poetry | Best Short Feature | Arts & Entertainment

OWL Magazine redesigned for 35th anniversary

Remember the magazine that got you started loving magazines? Well, it’s 35 years old and still inspiring children to form a lasting bond with learning and literacy. OWL, the National Magazine Award-winning periodical for 9-13 year olds, has rolled out a redesign for its 35th anniversary:

OWL has been nominated for 13 National Magazine Awards in its history. Former art director Tim Davin twice won a NMA for his creative design of the magazine. And in 1993, no doubt to the glee of many who grew up with the magazine, OWL was named Canada’s Magazine of the Year.

Read more over at the Masthead blog on the redesign of OWL.

NMA Winners among 2012 Giller Long List

Yesterday the ScotiaBank Giller jury announced its long list for the 2012 prize, and we’re pleased to see National Magazine Award winners among them.

Katrina Onstad (2009 NMA winner for “The Jesus Show” in Toronto Life; also a 9-time NMA finalist) made the Giller long list for her novel Everybody has Everything (Emlem Editions).

Robert Hough (1999 NMA winner for “Prisoner of Love” in Saturday Night; also a 10-time NMA finalist) is Giller long-listed for his novel Dr. Brinkley’s Tower (House of Anansi).

Also among the Giller hopefuls are former National Magazine Award nominees Cary Fagan (My Life Among the Apes), Will Ferguson (419), and Annabel Lyon (The Sweet Girl).

Check out the entire long list at the Giller website, and add these great Canadian novels to your reading list.

Summer Reading Series 8: Award-Winning Arts & Entertainment

Two days hence and the stars and starlets of Hollywood will park their jets in Hogtown for the Toronto International Film Festival, and you’ll pardon this blogger if he’s camped at the corner of Bellair and Cumberland streets ready to ambush Shia LaBeouf or Gwyneth Paltrow and get them to plug the new National Magazine Awards eBook (free download on iTunes) to their Twitter followers.

Apropos of which, this week’s installment of our Summer Reading Series is cinematically themed: 3 award-winning stories from the category Arts & Entertainment with a nod to the film industry descending on our fair city.

These stories and so many more can be found in the National Magazine Awards archive (magazine-awards.com/archive).

1.Man Standingby Timothy Taylor, Canadian Art (2011 Silver winner in Arts & Entertainment)
Canadian Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk is no stranger to TIFF; his masterpiece Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner won the honour of Best Canadian Feature Film back in 2001. Timothy Taylor travels (with NMA-winning photographer Donald Weber) to the Arctic hamlet of Igoolik to interview Kunuk about his latest film, Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. It’s a rare opportunity to acquaint oneself with the ecology of this transcendent artist, who by rights and geography is more than a bit removed the rest of the country yet has helped his audiences (and his neighbours) redefine their notions of history.

“Walking around Igloolik, meanwhile, I sense the reach that Kunuk’s work has had in the community. He downplays it, saying, ‘My hunting buddies are still my hunting buddies.’ But if you’ve watched his films closely, you recognize a surprising number of faces in town. Even people I don’t recognize turn out to have had off-camera roles, like the woman I speak with at the high school who is proud that she learned to sew traditional caribou-skin parkas while working in the wardrobe department for Atanarjuat.” [Read more]

2.My Dad, the Movie and Meby Noah Richler, The Walrus (2010 Gold winner in Arts & Entertainment)
The son of the late Canadian literary icon Mordechai Richler is more than just behind the scenes on the Montreal sets of Barney’s Version, the Richard Lewis adaptation (starring Paul Giamatti, Minnie Driver and Dustin Hoffman) of Richler’s famous novel. Noah Richler employs his unique position intersecting the writer and the film to reflect on his father’s notions of family, marriage and sense of belonging; the re-animation of his father’s personality through the title character is both stimulating and calming.

“Barney’s Version, like his earlier novels St. Urbain’s Horseman and Joshua Then and Now, draws on my parents’ exemplary love and what, even to his death, struck my father as the wild unlikelihood of having been able to love and raise a family with this striking woman. From Jake Hersh’s beloved wife in St. Urbain’s Horseman (‘Nancy. Nancy, my darling’) to the third Mrs. Panofsky of Barney’s Version (‘Miriam, Miriam, my heart’s desire’), there exists in his work a portrait of the shiksa wife as love object that his author hero is stunned to have acquired but also believes, in some buried and persecuted Jewish part of himself, he is besmirching.” [Read more]

3. L’étoffe des héros(“Heros’ Fabric”) by Mélanie Saint-Hilaire, L’actualité (2010 Silver winner in Arts & Entertainment)
Nine-time NMA finalist Mélanie Saint-Hilaire was the runner up to Noah Richler in 2010 for her scintillating portrait of Quebec costume designer Mario Davignon, one of Hollywood’s most celebrated couturiers whose atelier is stuffed with period-piece designs that have draped such luminaries as Leonardo DiCaprio (in Romeo + Juliet), Sophia Loren (Between Strangers) and the legendary Ava Gardner (City on Fire).

“Sa passion, c’est le vêtement d’époque. Ce maniaque du démodé pille les antiquaires partout où il va. Il en rapporte des artefacts bizarres, telle cette unique botte rouge qui aurait jadis galbé le mollet d’une tragédienne russe — « pour le modèle », se justifie-t-il. Sa bibliothèque ploie sous les livres de référence, les vieux catalogues et La mode illustrée, encyclopédie française du 19e siècle.” [Lire la suite]

Read these stories and more at the National Magazine Awards archive: magazine-awards.com/archive.

Previous editions of our Summer Reading Series: Travel | Essays | Sports & Rec | Fiction | Personal Journalism | Poetry | Best Short Feature

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