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Interview with Sharanpal Ruprai

Sharanpal Ruprai, author of Seva, was interviewed by Chaudiere Books for their blog. Read the interview here.

First Person Plural shortlisted for an Alberta Book Publishers Award

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First Person Plural

First Person Plural has been shortlisted for the Alberta Book Publishers Trade Non Fiction Award. Congratulations, George Melnyk!

Niche shortlisted for two Alberta Book Publishers Awards

Niche coverNiche has been shortlisted for the Alberta Book Publishers Award in both the Cover Design and Poetry categories. Congratulations, Basma Kavanagh.

Aphra is on the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Shortlist

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Aphra by Rose Scollard has been shortlisted for the Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama! Each year, the Alberta Literary Awards recognize and celebrate the highest standards of literary excellence from Alberta authors. Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Literary Awards Gala on June 4, 2016 in MacDonald Hall at SAIT in Calgary.

Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (Sponsored by Alberta Views)

  • Beth Graham (Edmonton) – The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble
  • Rose Scollard (Calgary) – Aphra
  • David van Belle and Eric Rose (Calgary) – The Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst

ABOUT APHRA BEHN

The first Englishwoman to earn her living by her pen, Aphra Behn challenged the popular expectations placed upon 17th-century women.

All Women together ought to lay flowers on the grave of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.  ~Virginia Woolf

Aphra Behn had travelled to the Americas, spied for King Charles the Second and spent time in debtors’ prison all by the age of 30. In 1670, the production of her play The Forced Marriage launched her as a playwright and the first English woman writer to earn a living solely through her pen.

ABOUT APHRA, the play

Aphra by Nancy Jo Cullen, Alexandria Patience and Rose Scollard

Aphra opens on 17th-century playwright Aphra Behn writing feverishly in her small, poorly furnished room. The weather is cold and bleak and she is seriously ill. It is two days before her death. The moral forces that would silence her and banish her to oblivion have never been stronger. In her agitated mind those forces have taken on form and substance in the unbending, menacing figures of Morality Man and Morality Woman, who threaten to overwhelm her. But her dearest friends, Betty Currer and Mary Betterton, are close by, ready to reassure her and nurse her through her fevers and demons.

Aphra premiered in 1991 with Maenad Theatre, Calgary, the first woman-centred theatre company in Western Canada.

Maenad Theatre was formed by the authors in 1986 because there were so few opportunities in theatre for women. As Rita Fraticelli reported, only a few years earlier, between 1977 and 1981 only 10 percent of produced playwrights in Canada were women.

More at https://www.frontenachouse.com/dd-product/aphra/

Quartet 2016 Authors announced

Quartet 2016 is an exciting group of poetry books, covering territory as varied as the Canadian experience: A deeply personal and poignant story of surviving breast cancer; an examination of our relationship to our environment and our past; a playful, garrulous exploration of the duality of transformations; and a timely recounting of the challenges faced by refugees as they struggle to retain their identities in a new home. We are proud to introduce the authors of Quartet 2016, edited by Micheline Maylor. Available Fall 2016.

Click on the links below for more information on Quartet 2016.

Beth Everest – silent sister: the mastectomy poems
Heidi Garnett – Blood Orange
Murray Reiss – Cemetery Compost
D.S. Stymeist – The Bone Weir

Aphra Launch at Shelf Life on April 4, 7:30 pm

“All women together ought to lay flowers on the grave of Aphra Behn, for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds.” ~Virginia Woolf

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Aphra Behn, adventuress, spy, novelist and playwright, defied the popular expectations placed upon seventeenth-century women. For this, the society of her day banished her and her work to oblivion. Her voice was effectively silenced for over 300 years. Few people knew she had ever existed. Aphra opens on Behn writing feverishly at her desk, ill, depressed, close to death, but still indomitable, still ready, one last time, to take on those moral forces eager to suppress her.

Aphra events will address issues of women in theatre.

Rose Scollard will present the book in Calgary at Shelf Life Books on April 4 at 7:30 pm, free admission, light refreshments.   https://www.facebook.com/events/232868127057176/
A live streamed event between Glasgow and Calgary on July 7, 6:30 pm – 8 pm in Glasgow and 11:30 am – 1 pm in Calgary, details tba

Nancy@John'swedding

Nancy Jo Cullen
is a Toronto writer who has written many stage productions, three poetry books and a story collection, Canary, which won the 2012 Metcalf-Rooke Award. She is the 2010 recipient of the Writer’s Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers.

Alexandria Patience 1

Alexandria Patience
is a writer, director, and performer who lives in Scotland. She has a long history of creating performance works and events as an interdisciplinary artist. The Scottish Book Trust selected her as a resident artist for 2016–17.

Rose Scollard

Rose Scollard
is a Calgary writer who has over 30 professional radio and stage productions. Her latest play, I Ain’t so Tough, will premiere with Urban Stories Theatre, Calgary. Tango Noir, a trio of her plays, was published in 2011.

Aphra
Aphra premiered in 1991 with Maenad Theatre, Calgary, the first woman-centred theatre company in Western Canada. Maenad Theatre was formed by the
authors in 1986 because there were so few opportunities in theatre for women. As Rita Fraticelli reported in Women in Theatre, between 1977 and 1981 only 10 percent of produced playwrights in Canada were women.

In 2016 things have improved for women in theatre, but a recent report by Rebecca Burton, Adding It Up: The Status of Women in Canadian Theatre revealed that only 22 percent of plays produced in the 2013–14 season were by women, 63 percent by men and 15 percent by mixed-gender partnerships.
Besides the drama Aphra, the book includes:
• An interview with the three playwrights conducted by Susan Stone-Blackburn.
• An article by the authors describing their experiences of collectively writing Aphra.
• A history of women’s works produced by Maenad Theatre.

Contact
For review copies, excerpt requests, interviews with the playwrights or further information, contact Lyn Cadence at 403-465-2345 or lyn@frontenachouse.com.
For production queries contact agent Caroline Russell-King at 403-238-4477 or via www.carolinerussellking.com.

Books
Aphra Drama, 92 pages
Release date March 1, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-927823-45-3 paperback, $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-927823-46-0 pdf, $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-927823-47-7 html, $9.95
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