Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Where Genesis Begins by Tom Dawe - Newfoundland and Labrador's Heritage and History Book Award winner

Poet Tom Dawe has won the 2011 Heritage and History Book award. This award is sponsored by The Historic Sites Associations of Newfoundland and Labrador. The prize is granted to a work of literature that exemplifies excellence in the interpretation of the history and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dawe's winning entry is titled Where Genesis Begins (M) and it is a collaboration with painter Gerald Squires. The book is a comprised of 31 of Dawe's poems, along with 71 artworks by Squire. "These pages are both sumptuous and pristine in design…This writing is superb and makes Where Genesis Begins more than an art book."- Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

Renowned artist Christopher Pratt is quoted as saying “For those of us born and raised on this island, in this province of Newfoundland and Labrador,hard-wired into its weathers, tides and history, the combination of Tom Dawe and Gerry Squires resonates like fish and brewis — not necessarily in that order.”

Tom Dawe is the St. John's Poet Laureate and a Member of the Order of Canada

The 2011 shortlist also included:

Never More There: poems (M)
by Stephen Rowe

Shouting, Embracing and Dancing with Ecstasy: the growth of Methodism in Newfoundland, 1774–1874 (M)
by Calvin Hollett

Battlefront Newfoundland: Britain’s oldest colony at war, 1939-1945 (M)
by Jack Fitzgerald

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