The Summer of Permanent Wants and Tilt shortlisted for the 2012 Ottawa Book Awards

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Ottawa Book Awards/Prix du livre d’Ottawa. Two of Canada’s young adult authors have made the list – Alan Cumyn for his novel Tilt (Groundwood Books) and Jamieson Findlay for his novel The Summer of Permanent Wants (Doubleday Canada).

About the books

As much as Stan Dart wants to hide while adolescence passes, in Alan Cumyn’s Tilt nothing is the same after Janine Igwash crosses his basketball court and disappears into the night. Stan is betrayed by his body, his heart, and his need for whatever stability his exploded family can provide. Tilt delights in the passions, delusions and essential truths of being a 16-year-old boy.

The Summer of Permanent Wants
After losing her powers of speech due to a mysterious illness, 11-year-old Emmeline joins her Gran on a journey along the Rideau Canal system in a boat (Permanent Wants) that is also a bookstore. Picardy Bob, Consolata LeGrand and a carnival of other characters appear around every bend in this poignant ode to the redemptive powers of story-telling.

About the authors

Alan Cumyn, a recent past chair of The Writers’ Union of Canada, is a two-time winner of the Ottawa Book Award, and has also had novels shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. His wide-ranging work includes seven novels for adults and four for younger readers.

Jamieson Findlay was born in Ottawa and educated at Queen’s University. He worked as a science journalist for a number of years, mainly for such magazines as Saturday Night and Canadian Geographic, before turning to fiction. He is the author of a previous novel, The Blue Roan Child (2002).

The Ottawa Book Awards/Prix du livre d’Ottawa recognize the top English and French books published in the previous year. Both awards have separate categories for fiction and non-fiction. All shortlisted finalists receive $1,000 and each winner receives a prize of $7,500.

The 2012 awards will be presented by Mayor Watson at a ceremony hosted by Charlotte Gray, award-winning biographer and historian, and Martin Vanasse, Cultural Reporter with Radio-Canada.

Wednesday, October 24 at 8:00 pm
Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard in Orleans.

For more information, including the complete list of finalists, visit the new Ottawa Book Awards/Prix du livre d’Ottawa website at