Toronto, April 29, 2014 – Five children’s books are in contention to become the First Nation Communities Read community reading selection for 2014-2015. Six jury members from First Nation public libraries in Ontario made the shortlist selections. The title selection announcement for 2014-2015 will take place the week of May 19 as a lead in to National Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day celebrations in June. The selected title’s creators will be the inaugural recipients of the $5,000 Periodical Marketers of Canada Aboriginal Literature Award.
Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC), in partnership with First Nation Communities Read, announced the inauguration of a significant new book award, the Aboriginal Literature Award. The annual award of $5,000 is provided through a funding commitment from PMC’s Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters (FACL).
First Nation Communities Read, a program of the First Nations public library community in Ontario, promotes Aboriginal literacy, and increases national and international awareness of the availability, importance, and relevance of Aboriginal literature. The launch of the Aboriginal Literature Award coincides with the tenth anniversary of First Nations Community Read program to recognize creators of Aboriginal literature.
First Nation Communities Read focuses in alternate years on Aboriginal literature for adults and young adults, and Aboriginal literature for children. The current (2013-2014) selection is Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese. The 2014-2015 selection will be a children’s title.
The 2014-15 title selection will be announced in May, timed to encourage Aboriginal literature displays and programming during National Aboriginal History Month and National Aboriginal Day celebrations in June, when the first Aboriginal Literature Award will be presented.