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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Toronto Star's Publishing Reporter Vit Wagner rounds up his reports on Canada's three major and most prestigious literary prizes today with the announcement of the $25,000 Governor General's Award for Fiction. Winners in the $50,000 Scotia Giller Award and the $25,000 Rogers Writers' Trust were announced earlier this month.

The Winners:

Scotia Giller: Johanna Skibrud, The Sentimentalists
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize: Emma Donoghue, Room
Governor General Award for Fiction: Dianne Warren, Cool Water

This blog celebrates Canada`s nod towards its writers with the reposting of the following portfolio from Wagner who concludes these reports with Lessons of the Book Prize Season.

(Please click on the images to zoom on the text.)

The Governor General Award

The Rogers Writers`Trust Prize

The Scotia Giller Award

Vit Wagner thinks there are some lessons to be learned or confirmed during Canada`s fall book award season.

Give us your feedback.

The National Post came out earlier with its predictions, which also confirmed the disappointments of Star`s Wagner and critics of the awards.

Of curious interest was the shuttting out of the Man Booker awardees from the winner`s ring, except for Donoghue who won the Writer`s Trust Prize.

(See earlier blog post on Giller`s long list which ignored Philippine-born Montreal writer Miguel Syjuco`s Ilustrado, an earlier favorite according to Wagner.)

For a list of prize winners, check  the Governor General`s Awards website at

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