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Shortlist for the 2007 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Childrenís Book Awards

Toronto, April 25, 2007 ó Authors and illustrators nominated to the shortlist for the 2007 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards were announced today (see attached list).  The authors and illustrators come from all over Canada including Edmonton, Saskatoon, St. John's, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montréal, Simcoe, Peterborough, Perth and Millbrook.

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards recognize Canadian writers and illustrators who demonstrate artistic excellence in children's literature. Winning books are selected from two categories ó children's picture books and young adult/middle reader books. The award recipient in each category receives a $5,000 prize.

Two juries of schoolchildren from Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School in Toronto, Ontario will review the books and announce the winners on June 1, 2007.

Students in grades 7 and 8 will evaluate books in the young adult/middle reader category to select the winning author. Grade 3 and 4 students will choose the recipient(s) of the children's picture book prize, which is shared between the author and illustrator.

Sylvia Schwartz established these awards in 1976 in memory of her sister, the late Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. Sylvia was a well-known Toronto photographer from the 1940s to the early 1960s who had a great love of children. In 2004, the family decided to honour Sylvia by renaming the awards the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.

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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Shortlist for the 2007
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards
 

Children's Picture Books

ï Ancient Thunder
  Written and illustrated by Leo Yerxa
  Groundwood Books

ï The Farm Team
  Written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin
  Kids Can Press

ï Fox Walked Alone
  Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
  North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada Ltd.

ï Scaredy Squirrel
  Written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
  Kids Can Press

ï Snow
  Written by Joan Clark and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
  Groundwood Books

Young Adult/Middle Reader Books

ï I Am a Taxi
  by Deborah Ellis
  Groundwood Books

ï Megiddo's Shadow
  By Arthur Slade
  HarperCollins Canada Ltd.

ï Odd Man Out
  by Sarah Ellis
  Groundwood Books

ï Rex Zero and the End of the World
  by Tim Wynne-Jones
  Groundwood Books

ï Skinnybones and the Wrinkle Queen
  by Glen Huser
  Groundwood Books


For more information, please contact:

Ann Boyd, Associate Director, Ontario Arts Foundation, 416-969-7411 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7411 or email aboyd@arts.on.ca

Daphnée Nostrome, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council, 416-969-7446 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7446 or email dnostrome@arts.on.ca


The Ontario Arts Foundation is a public, non-government foundation established in 1991 to encourage and facilitate private giving to the arts in Ontario

The Ontario Arts Council is an agency of the Government of Ontario

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David Eggert Awarded the Orford String Quartet Scholarship

Toronto, November 20, 2006 ó Cellist, David Eggert, is this year's recipient of the $3,000 Orford String Quartet Scholarship.

David Eggert began playing cello at the age of three. He has studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and is currently a student at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Mr. Eggert garnered first prizes at the Canadian Music Competition, the National Music Festival and has just embarked on a 17-concert tour across Canada as the first prize winner of the 29th Eckhardt-Gramatté (E-gré) National Music Competition.

 

Mr. Eggert was selected from a field of nominees by a jury consisting of Simon Fryer (cellist with the Penderecki String Quartet and Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University), and Erika Raum (distinguished violinist and faculty member of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto).

 

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 supports 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 Foundation. The Ontario Arts Council manages the selection process.

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For more information:

Janet Stubbs
Ontario Arts Foundation
Director
416-969-7413 or jstubbs@arts.on.ca
www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca

 

 

 

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Kids Celebrate Winners of the 30th Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards

Toronto, May 9, 2006 -  Students from Toronto's Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School joined the Honourable James K. Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at Queen's Park for the presentation of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards.

The event marked the 30th anniversary of the awards.  Every year, student juries from a selected Ontario school present these national awards in two categories: children's picture book, which is split between the author and illustrator, and the young adult/middle reader category.

In an unusual coincidence, the two recipients from 2000 are this year's winners.  Montreal author/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay took home the $5,000 prize in the picture book category for Caramba (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press).  Kenneth Oppel, a Toronto writer, won the $5,000 prize in the young adult/middle reader category for Skybreaker (HarperCollins Canada).

The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario spoke to the kids about literacy, one of the issues that is important to him.  Author Kenneth Oppel was on hand to receive his award and meet the kids who picked his book from the shortlist.  

Five students in grade 3 and 4 chose Caramba as the best picture book because of its ìeyecatching illustrationsî and the story that made them ìwant to read it again and again.î  Five students in grades 7 and 8 chose Skybreaker as the best young adult/middle reader, saying that it had ìlots of surprises; a good ending and plotî and that they ìstayed up late to read itî.

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards recognize Canadian writers and illustrators who demonstrate excellence in children's literature.  They were established in 1976 by Sylvia Schwartz in memory of her sister, Ruth Schwartz, a respected Toronto bookseller. In 2004, their family renamed the awards to honour both sisters. The first award went to Mordecai Richler for Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang in 1976.

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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For more information, please contact:

Ann Boyd, Associate Director, Ontario Arts Foundation, 416-969-7411 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7411 or email aboyd@arts.on.ca

Daphnée Nostrome, Communications Assistant, Ontario Arts Council, 416-969-7446 or toll-free in Ontario at 1-800-387-0058 ext.7446 or email dnostrome@arts.on.ca

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