This year the Canadian Authors Association joined with other writers’ organizations to take part in the Canadian Writers Summit (CWS) rather than hold our annual CanWrite! conference.
The inaugural CWS was an exciting affair, with some 800 writers, publishers, editors, and readers meeting at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
Fortunately the site was large enough that it never seemed crowded.
The Canadian Authors Association awards luncheon was well attended, with shortlisted authors invited. Among the winners were Nino Ricci (not for the first time!), Debra Komar, Joe Denham, and Kayla Czaga.
Particularly notable was the awarding of the first ever Fred Kerner award. Fred was a longtime CAA stalwart. The award named after him is for the overall best book written by a member of the CAA, and this year was won by Caroline Vu. Fred Kerner’s daughter Diane Kerner made the presentation.
The other presentations were by CAA’s national chair Margaret Hume, with past chair Matt Bin MC’ing the proceedings.