Thursday 3 July 2014

2014 Sunburst Award shortlists announced

At the end of June, the Sunburst Award Society announced the shortlists for its two categories of Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. (Shortlists published at

These awards, presented annually in the categories of Adult and Young Adult speculative fiction, aim to recognize the novels or book-length collections of Canadian writers (citizens or landed immigrants) of fantasy, with a cash award and a Sunburst medallion. Winners will be announced in September.

Here are this year's nominees in the Young Adult category:

Sorrow's Knot

by Erin Bow

Scholastic Inc.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

by Charles de Lint

Illustrated by Charles Vess

Little Brown Books


by Cory Doctorow

Tom Doherty Associates

The Path of Names

by Ari Goelman

Scholastic Inc.


by Meaghan McIsaac

Dancing Cat Books

2014 Golden Oak winner announced: The Stamp Collector

Part of the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading® program, the Golden Oak™ Award voting and announcement are separate from the school-age programs. As such, the 2014 winner of the Golden Oak™ Award was voted on by adult readers in May and announced at The Learners' Conference in Toronto, ON on June 5, 2014.

Selected from both fiction and non-fiction titles, 
the winner of the 2014 Golden Oak™ Award is

The Stamp Collector
by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrations by François Thisdale
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 8+

In the news release from the OLA, author Jennifer Lanthier is quoted about her feelings on winning this award. 
“My heart is so full right now I can hardly type these words,” writes Jennifer Lanthier, author of The Stamp Collector. “Never in a million years did I imagine this little book would win such a wonderful and important award.”
The Stamp Collector is all about the power of sharing our stories, our voices with the world,” says Lanthier. “Please keep reading, keep writing and keep sharing your stories. You shine a light in the darkness that the darkness will never, ever be able to put out.”

Jennifer Lanthier
François Thisdale