Toronto, May 2, 2017 – Five books are in contention to become the First Nation Communities READ community reading selection for 2017-2018. Five jury members from First Nation public libraries in Ontario made the shortlist selections. The title selection announcement for 2017-2018 will take place in Toronto on June 28 as part of National Aboriginal Day Celebrations. The selected title’s creator will be the recipient of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.
First Nation Communities Read 2016-2017 Announces – Winner of the PMC Aboriginal Literature Award
The winner of the PMC Aboriginal Literature Award is: Spirit Bear. Illustrated by Michael Arnott. Written by Jennifer Harrington.
- Spirit Bear, illustrated by Michael Arnott and written by Jennifer Harrington is the selected title of First Nations Communities Read 2016-2017 and the recipient of this year’s PMC Aboriginal Literature Award. Spirit Bear is published by Eco Books 4 Kids.
- encourages family literacy, intergenerational storytelling, and intergenerational information sharing;
- increases awareness of the relevance and importance of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit writing, illustration, and publishing;
- promotes the publication, sharing, and understanding of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit voices and experiences;
- increases awareness and sales of the titles it honours.
- increasing cooperation and coordination among public library boards and other information providers in order to promote the provision of library service to the public;
- assisting public library boards by providing them with services and programs that reflect their needs, including consultation, training, and development.
Periodical Marketers of Canada
First Nation Communities Read Announces 2016-2017 Shortlist of Books for Children
PMC Foundation Funds Sponsorship of a Syrian Refugee Writer
Members of Periodical Marketers of Canada approved a $40,000 grant that will make it possible for a Syrian refugee writer and family to find a new life in Canada.
The grant, from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL), will go to a committee of writers based in Kingston that is organizing the project. Through FACL, PMC has a forty-year history of supporting literacy and promoting Canadian writing through awards to magazine writers and authors. FACL currently sponsors a $5,000 annual Aboriginal Literature Award for the best book published by an indigenous author.
The Kingston Writers’ Refugee Committee has been registered as a Community Sponsor affiliated with the United Church of Canada. The affiliation empowers the Committee to sponsor a refugee family and support them in their first year in Canada.