W O Mitchell Book PrizeThe City of Calgary, the Writers Guild of Alberta and 17th Ave Retail Entertainment District are pleased to announce the short list authors for The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize, one of 17 awards presented as part of The Calgary Awards. The three finalists include Theanna Bischoff for Swallow (NeWest Press), Marcello di Cintio for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades (Goose Lane Editions), and Andrew Nikiforuk for The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Solitude (Greystone Books).

Swallow follows the story of Darcy Nolan, who, after her sister unexpectedly commits suicide, is forced to carry on alone. Faced with the haunting memories of her childhood, she begins to uncover her own feelings of guilt and to make sense of her sister’s death. Theanna Bischoff is a novelist, creative writing instructor, and freelance editor who currently lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Walls is a personal and political examination of the world’s walls, the concept of separation and how barriers are constructed. The book sheds light on the gripping emotional stories from the people and communities that share these constr ucted borders. Marcello di Cintio is a Calgary-based writer and author of two award- winning books.

The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Solitude is a radical analysis to our relationship to energy, the\rationalization of inequality that comes with it, and a call to change. Andrew Nikiforuk is a leading investigative journalist who has written about education, economics, and the environment for the past two decades.

The authors will read from their nominated books on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7:00—9:00 pm, Rose & Crown Pub, 1503 4th Street SW—private room upstairs. Free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Come on out to hear from this year’s City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize shortlisted authors, featuring Theanna Bischoff (Swallow), Marcello Di Cintio (Walls: Travels Along the Barricades) and Andrew Nikiforuk (The Energy Slave: Oil and New Servitude).

Authors will read from their nominated books and answer questions. Hosted by WGA’s Samantha Warwick and last year’s book prize winner, Suzette Mayr (Monoceros). A social and celebration will follow the formal program.

WGA members are encouraged to arrive early for dinner and to socialize anytime after 5:30pm.

The City of Calgary established the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in honour of the late Calgary writer W.O.Mitchell to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. The $5000 prize is awarded each year for anoutstanding book published in the award year.

The winner of The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize will be recognized at the Calgary Awards presentation on June 12, 2013. The Calgary Awards will be televised live on Shaw TV.