You know you’ve made it in the literary
world when its news that you didn’t make the short list.
Wayne Johnston’s (BA ’79) The Navigator of New
York was cut from the list of 125 nominees for the International
IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, which at $164,000 is the world’s
largest purse for a single work of fiction.
Kevin Major (B.Sc.’73) is enjoying widespread
recognition for his latest children’s book Ann and
Seamus. He’s a finalist in both the 2004 Ruth Schwartz
Children’s Book Award and the Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards: Included
among the short listed authors for the Bennington Gate Fiction
Category: Beth Ryan (BA ’87) for What is Invisible.
The NLBA Bruneau Family Children's Literature Award Short-list
of authors includes alumni Kevin Major as mentioned above
and Carmelita McGrath (BA’80) for The Boston Box.
Author and Journalist
Maura Hanrahan (BA’84) won the 2003 Lawrence Jackson
Writers’ Award for her book The Doryman
On the Busses:
Writers Paul Bowdring (BA’70, B.Ed.’70) and Helen
Fogwill Porter (LLD’97 (Hon.)) are among four Newfoundland
writers selected by the Edmonton Arts Council to have their
work displayed on public transit vehicles in that city.
"But it strikes me as unfair that while
society has no problem recognizing that someone who is addicted
to potent painkillers or crack cocaine or heroin needs professional
help to get off the stuff, people who are addicted to a legal
yet potentially lethal substance are expected to show up for
work and behave normally as we try to give it up."
— Pam Frampton (BA(Hons)’87)
talking about her struggle to quit smoking. Telegram
"Considering the rapid housing developments
that have steadily consumed that few snippets of green space
left, I have no other choice but to believe St. Mary’s
School is another casualty of development."
—Mandy Cook (BA ’00) in a letter to the editor
on the Avalon East School District’s decision to close
St. Mary’s elementary school in September. Telegram
"My concern is that this program which
has had fantastic results for my special needs students will
no longer be available as of April 1… With the broadband
program they were able to practise their social and interactive
skills independently through vocalization and learn about
other students like themselves throughout the country."
—Debbie Pinto (BA ’82, B.Ed.’82),
special needs teacher voicing her concern over the end of
the broadband program that all0wed special needs children
to network other special needs students. Telegram,
and compiled by Debbie Connors.