TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - First Nation Communities Read, in
partnership with Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC), announced the
inauguration of a significant new book award, the Aboriginal Literature
Award. The award of $5,000 is provided through a funding commitment
from Periodical Marketers of Canada, the association of book and
First Nation Communities Read, a program of the First Nations public
library community in Ontario, promotes Aboriginal literacy, and
increases national and international awareness of the availability,
importance, and relevance of Aboriginal literature. The launch of the
Aboriginal Literature Award coincides with the tenth anniversary of the
FNCR program to recognize creators of Aboriginal literature.
First Nation Communities Read focuses in alternate years on Aboriginal
literature for adults and young adults, and Aboriginal literature for
children. The current (2013-2014) selection is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. The 2014-2015 competition is for children's titles.
The winner will be announced in May, timed to encourage Aboriginal
literature displays and programming during National Aboriginal History
Month and National Aboriginal Day celebrations in June, when the first
Aboriginal Literature Award will be presented.
On behalf of the members of Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC), PMC
Executive Director Ray Argyle said: "All of us at PMC feel privileged
to fund this award which recognizes the work of the creators of
outstanding Aboriginal literature and supports the objectives of our
Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters."
Speaking on behalf of First Nation Communities Read, Karen Foster, juror
and librarian at Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation Public
Library, added: "A funded award has been a longtime goal for us. This
new partnership with Periodical Marketers of Canada is a wonderful 10th
anniversary achievement. We look forward to beginning First Nation
Communities Read's second decade with an enhanced program and the
additional program stature PMA's endorsement provides."
Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) is the national association of magazine and book wholesalers
serving 35,000 retail outlets and is the longtime sponsor of the
Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL). PMC was
established under federal charter in 1942 for the purpose of furthering
the wholesale periodical distribution industry and contributing to the
encouragement of reading in Canada. Current members of the association
are: Monahan Agency, Vernon, BC; Benjamin News, Montreal, QC; Metro
News, Toronto, ON; The News Group, Burlington, ON. For more information
about PMC, contact:
Periodical Marketers of Canada
Suite 1007, 175 Bloor St. E.
Toronto, ON M4W 3R8
First Nation Communities Read (FNCR) is an annual reading program launched in 2003 by the First
Nations public library community in Ontario with support from Southern
Ontario Library Service. Promoting a community-based approach to
reading, FNCR 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.
Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) is mandated to deliver programs
and services on behalf of the Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and
Sport by: 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.
First Nation Communities Read is funded in part by the Canada Book Fund
at Canadian Heritage.
SOURCE: Periodical Marketers of Canada
For further information:
Patty Lawlor, First Nations Consultant
Southern Ontario Library Service
Telephone: 416-961-1669, Ext. 5108