Finalists Chosen for 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards
Toronto, April 27, 2005ó Authors and illustrators nominated to the shortlist for the 2005Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today. (See attached list.) These national awards ó one for a children's picture book and one for a young adult/middle reader book ó recognize writers and illustrators from across Canada who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature.
Each year, two juries of children from a school in Ontario select the winners. This year, students from Claude E. Garton Public School in Thunder Bay will review the books and announce the winners on June 3, 2005 at the school (414 Grenville Avenue, Thunder Bay).
The young adult/middle reader book category is judged by students in grades 7 and 8. The winning author will receive a $5,000 prize. Students in grades 3 and 4 will award the $5,000children's picture book prize, which is split between the author and illustrator.
The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. Last year, their family decided to rename it the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards to honour Sylvia. Sylvia was a well-known photographer in Toronto from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children.
The administration of these awards is shared annually by the Ontario Arts Council, which selects the school and the juries, the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ruth Schwartz Foundation and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members select the short list of books.
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Short List for the 2005 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards
A Very Unusual Dog written by Dorothy Joan Harris, illustrated by Kim LaFave North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.
Drumheller Dinosaur Dance written by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Bill Slavin and EsperanÁa Melo Kids Can Press Ltd.
Monkey Business written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards Kids Can Press Ltd.
Peg and the Yeti written by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Barbara Reid HarperCollins Canada
Stella, Princess of the Sky written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay Groundwood Books
Young Adult/Middle Reader Books
After Sylvia by Alan Cumyn Groundwood Books
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel HarperCollins Canada
The Heaven Shop by Deborah Ellis Fitzhenry & Whiteside
Miss Smithers by Susan Juby HarperCollins Canada
The Pepins and their Problems by Polly Horvath Groundwood Books
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For more information, please contact: Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council (416) 969-7403 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Emmanuel Vukovich awarded the Orford String Quartet Scholarship
Toronto, September 23, 2004ó Emmanuel Vukovich, a violin student at Montreal's McGill University, is this year's winner of the $2,500 Orford String Quartet Scholarship.
A Julliard graduate, Emmanuel Vukovich has already attracted considerable attention as a soloist and chamber musician. Vukovich has performed at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in New York, the SUNY Performing Arts Center in New York, as well as at The Natural History Museum in London, England. He is a Lloyd Carr-Harris Scholarship recipient at McGill University, and is the first violinist of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet.
Emmanuel was selected from a field of nominees by a jury consisting of Marie Bérard (violinist, concert master with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra), Jennifer Taylor (General Manager/Producer with Music Toronto), and Paul Pulford (cellist, former member of the Penderecki String Quartet).
In commenting on the winner, the jurors stated ìEmmanuel Vukovich possesses an exceptional standard of musicianship and is highly dedicated to chamber music in Canada.î
The Orford String Quartet Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 by the members of the highly-acclaimed Orford String Quartet -- Andrew Dawes, Desmond Hoebig, Kenneth Perkins and Sophie Renshaw. During 25 years of performances, the Orford was one of the best-known string quartets in the world. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist a Canadian string musician with studies, commissions, or performances related to their work in chamber music. The scholarship continues the Orford String Quartet's influence on the development of chamber music in Canada and its encouragement of aspiring young Canadian string players.
The Orford String Quartet Scholarship Fund is administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation. The Ontario Arts Council manages the selection process.
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For more information: Kirsten Gunter Janet Stubbs Ontario Arts Council Ontario Arts Council Foundation Communications Manager Director 416-969-7403 416-969-7413 email@example.com@arts.on.ca
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Students Select Winners of 2004 Childrenís Book Award
Toronto, May 11, 2004ó Students from Nelson Mandela Park Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto, Ontario, today announced the winners of the 2004 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.These national awards ó one for a children's picture book and one for a young adult/middle reader book ó recognize authors and illustrators from across Canada who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature.
The younger student jury awarded the children's picture book prize to The Subway Mouse (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.) written and illustrated by Toronto author, Barbara Reid. Ottawa writer Brian Doyle won the young adult/middle reader book category for his book Boy O'Boy (Groundwood Books). Each author receives $5,000.
The five grade 3 and 4 students chose The Subway Mouse because it was ìan exciting adventure book with beautiful pictures.î Five students in grades 7 and 8 chose Boy O'Boy as the best young adult/middle reader book, describing it as ìadventurous and powerfulî and showing the ìvalue of friendship.î
The Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award was established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. This year, the Schwartz family decided to rename the awards the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards to honour Sylvia. Sylvia was a well-known photographer in Toronto from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children. She specialized in children's portraiture, delighting in her subjects' spirit of fun.
Each year, the Ontario Arts Council selects an Ontario school to provide the juries for the prizes. The administration of these awards is shared by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation and the Ruth Schwartz Foundation; the Ontario Arts Council, which manages the jury process; and the Canadian Booksellers Association, whose members choose the short list of books.
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For more information, please contact: Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council (416) 969-7403 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7403 email firstname.lastname@example.org