Riptides: New Island Fiction wins PEI Book Award

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Posted on Thursday, 22 May 2014

UPEI sends its congratulations to editor Dr. Richard Lemm for the PEI Book Award for Riptides: New Island Fiction. The collection of 23 short stories, published by Acorn Press, took home the honour at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala in Charlottetown on Wednesday, May 21. Dr. Lemm is a professor of English at UPEI.

Among the authors in the collection are several writers from the UPEI community: Orysia Dawydiak (biomedical sciences), Malcolm Murray (philosophy), Alan Harrington (English), and a number of UPEI graduates including Melissa Carroll, Lisa-Marie Brunnen, Hannah Visser, and Dylan Riley.

“This honour recognizes the emergence of talented fiction writers on PEI and that there is fictional life on the Island after L.M. Montgomery,” said Dr. Lemm in a release shortly after the shortlist was announced. “As well, the inclusion of UPEI faculty and graduates in the anthology is further evidence of this university as a place where excellence is nurtured and achieved.”

The Atlantic Book Awards are run by the Atlantic Book Awards Society: a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing.

For information:
Dave Atkinson, Research Communications, UPEI
(902) 620-5117,