Nominations for “Fatherhood”

My “Fatherhood” story had a good week. The essay, which appeared in the November 2010 issue of Alberta Views, was shortlisted for both a Western Magazine Award and a National Magazine Award.

For the NMA, “Fatherhood” is nominated in the “Personal Journalism” category. Oddly, five of the nominated stories are about fathers and/or sons, and one tells the story of a new mother and her infant daughter. Parenthood is hot, I guess.

My fellow nominees include a number of fine writers including Heather O’Neill (“Me and My Dad”), Russell Smith (“My Beautiful Boy”) and Jeff Warren (“Tourists of Consciousness”). Another co-nominee is Noah Richler. The first time I was up for a NMA one of my co-nominees was his father, Mordecai Richler. (Neither of us won that year, as I recall). Noah’s nominated piece tells the story of turning Mordecai’s last novel, Barney’s Version, into a feature film and is called – keeping with the theme – “My Dad, the Movie, and Me.”

Wish me luck. It’d be nice to finally win one of these damn things.

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