One of the things Canada’s public broadcasting company, the CBC, does well is encourage Canadians to read and to write. There are recommendation lists, interviews, contests and hoopla that all quietly support a sense of national pride in the simple act of enjoying a good story.
Today the winners of the short story competition in CBC’s“Canada Writes” competion were announced. Out of more than 3750 entries, the grand prize was awarded to Daniel Karasik, an Ontario poet and playwright. His marvelous story, Mine, is well deserving of the honour. You can find it here, on the CBC website.
Here’s what the CBC shared on their website about Daniel Karasik:
Daniel Karasik’s award-winning plays have been seen in Toronto, New York, and Germany. He is the author of The Crossing Guard and In Full Light, a volume of plays published by Playwrights Canada Press, and is one of eleven poets featured in Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, a Cormorant Books anthology; Cormorant also plans to publish his first poetry collection in 2013. He recently completed his first novel, for which he received the Alta Lind Cook Prize and the Norma Epstein National Literary Award.