Alice Major’s latest book, The Office Tower Tales, has been shortlisted for two prizes: the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, given by the League of Canadian Poets for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman.
The Lowther jurors say:
“Pandora’s box is open, and out come tales spun by Sherry. The Office Tower Tales is about the vivacity of life and living. It expertly weaves the mundane things of life into a tapestry of priceless collectables. The tales paint life with a new brush, post-modern paint, and extraordinary strokes. They are mythical, classical, and iconoclastic. Not since Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales have we seen the frame narrative, now a mock epic for a contemporary audience. This is an epic work, huge in scope; an examination of the minutia of the ordinary lives of recognizable people, using the tropes of mythology as its metaphoric base.”
The City of Edmonton Book Prize will be announced on April 6, during the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. The Lowther award winner will be announced during the League of Canadian Poets’ annual conference on June 13 in Vancouver.