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The Fan Brothers and Wesley King honoured with 2017 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards

Burlington, May 19, 2017 – The 2017 winners of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were announced today at Burlington’s Frontenac Public School. The winners were selected by two juries of young readers from the school – a jury of grade 3 and 4 students selected the recipients of the Children’s Picture Book Award, and a jury of grade 7 and 8 students selected the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award. Each student read the books individually and then worked together with their group to reach consensus and decide on a winner. This process makes it a unique literary award in Canada.

Winner of the Children's Picture Book Award Category

  

The Night Gardener
by the Fan Brothers (Toronto, Ont.)
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

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The Night Gardener is a very hopeful story,” said student jurors in grades 3 and 4. “At first it is a little scary, then just mysterious. But by the end, the drawings get more colourful, the people get happier, and a community develops.” One juror noted that “the detail in the drawings helped to tell the story,” adding, “I loved the birds sitting on the bird tree and the cats sitting on the cat tree!”

"We are extremely honoured and humbled to receive the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award," said authors/illustrators Eric and Terry Fan. "Awards like this are personally the most gratifying for us, knowing that young readers responded to our book in such a positive way."

About the Authors/Illustrators

  • Eric and Terry Fan both studied illustration at the Ontario College of Art and Design. The Night Gardener is their first book together.
  • They were also named as finalists for the 2017 Schwartz Children’s Book Awards for illustrating The Darkest Dark, by writer and former astronaut Chris Hadfield.



Winner of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award Category

   

OCDaniel
by Wesley King (Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.)
Paula Wiseman Books
 

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As one of the student jurors in grades 7 and 8 summed it up, “This book was my favourite. I could not put it down.” The jurors said that they “really felt for Daniel as he struggled with the unknown,” and that the book “helped [them] understand Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).” They recommend this book “to help raise awareness of OCD, and to show people that they don’t have to face it alone.”

“Winning this award is particularly meaningful because it recognizes a story that I am truly passionate about, and because it is a reflection of my favourite critics – young readers," said author Wesley King. "I am also thrilled that OCDaniel continues to be read and used to help understand people around us.”
 

About the Author 

  • Wesley King has written four novels for young adults, including The Incredible Space Raiders from Space! and The Vindico.
  • He is a first-time nominee and laureate of the Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.

 

About the Awards 

  • Two awards of $6,000 each are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children’s literature.
  • This year’s selection committee comprised Dory Cerny (Books for Young People editor and reviewer, Quill & Quire, Toronto), Susan Chamberlain (owner, The Book Keeper, Sarnia) and Laura Murray (children’s librarian, Peterborough Public Library).

 

Learn More 

  • The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters.
  • The Ontario Arts Foundation administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.
  • See the full details on the award and the list of previous laureates.

 

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434/1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation
416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2015-2016, the OAF paid $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships. 

For more than 50 years,the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-2016, the  OAC funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.

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Tamara Marie Kucheran Awarded the 2017 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design

Toronto, April 26, 2017 – Costume and set designer, Tamara Marie Kucheran is the 2017 recipient of the $20,000 Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.  The award is given annually to professional costume designers in Ontario in mid-career to further enrich their careers through research and travel.


Intimate Apparel, written by Lynn Nottage, directed by Philip Akin, Obsidian Theatre (2007-2008) | Mayme: Lisa Berry (foreground), Esther: Raven Dauda (background) | Set and Costume Design: Tamara Marie Kucheran | Lighting Design: Renee Brode

A graduate of the University of Victoria (Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction) and the National Theatre School of Canada, Tamara has had the privilege of working with some of the world's top theatre professionals on stages across Canada.

Most recently, Tamara was the Set and Costume Designer for Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Macbeth (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre). Awards include a Dora Award for Outstanding Costume Design (plus multiple nominations for Set and Costume), a Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), and the Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellowship (Stratford Festival).

Tamara's teaching credits include: Artist Instructor at Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, Sessional Instructor at the University of Victoria (Costume Design and History of Fashion and Body Modification), and Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer at Michigan State University.

Tamara was selected as the winner from an outstanding group of nominees. This year’s jury consisted of Kathleen Johnston, Wardrobe Supervisor, Melanie McNeill, Costume Designer, and Sean Mulcahy, Costume Designer. The jury was unanimous in their choice of Tamara Marie Kucheran as the 2017 laureate. They said, "We are very impressed with Tamara's nuanced use of pattern and mix of textiles in her innovative designs. She is a storyteller. Her designs define character but do not overshadow the actors. Tamara’s commitment to mentoring emerging designers enriches the arts in Ontario."

Established through a generous gift under the will of Dr. Virginia Cooper, the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award is to be given "For the Love of Creation".  Dr. Cooper served as a director of the Tarragon Theatre, and was a charter member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and active in its activities.  She had a keen interest in the performing arts, particularly in costume design. 

The Ontario Arts Foundation manages the endowment that funds the award.  The Ontario Arts Council administers the nomination and selection process. Click here to see the full list of previous laureates.

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For more information, please contact:
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca

 

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) works with arts patrons to build long-term support for the arts in Ontario. In 2015-2016, the OAF paid out over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts and artists for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-2016, the Ontario Arts Council funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.

Shortlist for the 2017 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards announced

Toronto, April 12, 2017 – The 2017 shortlist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards was announced today. The Schwartz Awards are the only Canadian literary award where student juries work together to choose the winning books.

This year’s winners will be chosen by student juries from Burlington's Frontenac Public School. The announcement will take place during a school assembly on Friday, May 19, 2017.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S SHORTLIST
This year's shortlisted authors and illustrators are a diverse, accomplished group.  They include astronaut Chris Hadfield and award-winning novelist Lisa Moore.  The Children’s Picture Book category includes stories that will help young readers connect with their families, their neighbours, and the world around them. The Young Adult / Middle Reader nominees focus on relationships - new ones being formed, old ones being tested, and protagonists' relationships with themselves. 
 

 

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK AWARD CATEGORY

 

The Darkest Dark
by Chris Hadfield
(Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by the Fan Brothers (Toronto, Ont.)
Tundra Books

 

A Family is a Family is a Family
by Sara O'Leary
(Hudson, Que.)
illustrations by Qin Leng(Toronto, Ont.)
Groundwood Books

 

Harry and Walter
by Kathy Stinson (Rockwood, Ont.)
illustrations by Qin Leng (Toronto, Ont.)
Annick Press

 

If I Had A Gryphon
by Vikki VanSickle (Toronto, Ont.)
illustrations by Cale Atkinson (Kelowna, B.C.)
Tundra Books

 

The Night Gardener
by the Fan Brothers (Toronto, Ont.)
S&S Books for Young Readers


YOUNG ADULT / MIDDLE READER
AWARD CATEGORY

 

A Boy Named Queen
by Sara Cassidy
(Victoria, B.C.)
Groundwood Books

 

Flannery
by Lisa Moore
(St. John's, N.L.)
Groundwood Books

 

Lucky Jonah
by Richard Scrimger(Toronto, Ont.)
HarperCollins Canada

 

OCDaniel
by Wesley King(Musquodoboit Harbour, N.S.)
Paula Wiseman Books

 

Sea Change
by Frank Viva
(Toronto, Ont.)
Tundra Books


 

ABOUT THE RUTH AND SYLVIA SCHWARTZ CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARDS
The two awards, of $6,000 each
are presented annually to recognize artistic excellence in writing and illustration in English-language Canadian children's literature. The winners are selected by two juries of young readers, which this year are students at Frontenac Public School in Burlington, Ontario.  Five students in grade 3 and 4 will select the recipient(s) of the Children's Picture Book Award. Five students in grade 7 and 8 will select the recipient of the Young Adult / Middle Reader Award.

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"Now into its fourth decade, this unique award program has given hundreds of Ontario students the opportunity to work collaboratively to choose the best new works of Canadian children’s literature. I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s shortlisted authors and illustrators, not to mention the students themselves – they always impress us with their excellent attitude and keen sense of responsibility."
Peter Caldwell, Director and CEO at the Ontario Arts Council

“Awards, made possible through private philanthropy, provide artists with affirmation and recognition for their work. We are delighted that through the generosity of the Ruth Schwartz Foundation, these awards are able to encourage authors and illustrators on a personal and creative level – and help inspire young readers through a love of reading.”
Alan Walker, the Ontario Arts Foundation's Executive Director

 

LEARN MORE
The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, the family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) administers the awards with the support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), which manages the nomination and jury process. These awards are funded through the Ruth Schwartz Foundation.  Click here to see the full list.

 

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MEDIA INQUIRIES
Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council

416-969-7434 /1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

 

ONTARIO ARTS FOUNDATION INQUIRIES
Alan Walker, Executive Director, Ontario Arts Foundation

416-969-7413 | awalker@arts.on.ca

The Ontario Arts Foundation (OAF) is passionately committed to building long-term support for the arts in Ontario.  In 2015-2016, the OAF paid over $3.0 million in endowment income and $300,000 in awards and scholarships.

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2015-2016, the  OAC funded 1,676 individual artists and 1,125 organizations in 209 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.5 million.

 Ce document existe ègalement en français.

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