Annual reading with winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award
In partnership with the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, the Dal Libraries host a reading with the winner of the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award.
The Raddall Award was first presented in 1991. Established with an endowment by Thomas Head Raddall himself, and with ongoing support from the Raddall family, this award honours the work of fiction writers in the Atlantic region and, as the original benefactor envisioned, provides “the gift of time and peace of mind” so essential to the creation of new work.
2019 winner of the Thomas Raddall Award: Lisa Moore
An evening with Lisa Moore
Lisa Moore, winner of the 2019 Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award for her short fiction collection Something for Everyone, was born and based in Newfoundland. Lisa is the author of four books of short fiction and four novels. She has been nominated for the Giller Prize, the International Dublin Literary Award, and the Man Booker Prize. She won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book Award, Caribbean and Canada Region for her novel Alligator and the Atlantic Canadian Alistair MacLeod Short Fiction Prize for Something for Everyone.
About Something for Everyone, from the citation:
The stories in Lisa Moore’s collection, Something for Everyone, pulsate with raw energy and a fierce, searching intelligence. In a series of unconventional tales that explode off the page, Moore ushers her reader into a familiar but fractured and anything-but-straightforward reality. Lisa Moore writes of quotidian lives in crisis. Her characters’ anxieties mirror our own: family, love, employment, finances. But from these commonplace lives she conjures spellbinding mini-dramas, drawing us in from each story’s opening line, generating great suspense and fully engaging our sympathies. Throughout, the writing is vibrant, uninhibited and packed with sensual detail. Moore acknowledges the beauty of nature and the human capacity for kindness; she is no stranger to the essential comedy of the human condition. But never does she shy away from the dark undercurrents of her characters’ lives. Something for Everyone is an important book by a major talent working at the height of her considerable powers, an author who isn’t afraid to stretch the boundaries of her art and who pursues her singular aesthetic vision in an uncompromising and wildly entertaining manner.
Thursday, September 5/7 p.m.
Paul O'Regan Hall,
Halifax Central Library