Monday, March 28, 2011

hermit finalist for d250 historical writing award

the hermit of africville is a finalist for the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book Award for Historical Writing at the atlantic book awards this may. it's a surprising (for me) and great honour, as a major driving force in writing the book was to rescue a critical part of our history that was on the verge of disappearing. eddie's long - and continuing - struggle is for recognition and this is a major boost. 

gus wedderburn, the human rights activist brought in by halifax in the 1960s to offer his opinion of africville, was horrified to find his brothers and sisters living by the dump and in poor conditions. at the 1989 meeting to discuss africville captured in the nfb doc Remember Africville, he famously repeats the refrain, 'I did not see the flowers."

eddie carvery is the last flower blooming in africville. let's hope well-meaning people see him this time.

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it's a good year for pottersfield: in addition to the hermit,
  • Christopher A. Walsh, Under the Electric Sky (Pottersfield Press).
is up for the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Prize for Non-fiction.


our publisher, lesley choyce, is also up for the Dartmouth Book Award for  Raising Orion (Thistledown Press).


you can read the cbc article here or the library blog here
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