2018 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize Winner

george-amabile-photo-by-annette-willbornIL CENTRO Italian Cultural Centre is excited to announce the winner of the 2018 edition of the biennial F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. The Prize was created to stimulate and enhance the literary production of works by Canadian authors of Italian origin or ancestry and is named after the Jesuit priest Father Francesco Giuseppe Bressani (Rome, 1612 – Florence, 1672) the first Italian missionary to Canada. Father Bressani published a significant book (Breve Relatione, «Brief Relations») which is considered to be one of the first Italian-Canadian literary works.
The winner of the 2018 edition of the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize is:
George Amabile, Martial Music (Signature Editions, Winnipeg 2016)
The winner of the 2018 edition of the prize will be presented with the award on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 6:30pm in the Museum at the Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver). The evening will include readings from the winning book, live music and light refreshments. The event is supported by the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver. All are welcome, admission is free, and registration is not required.
For more info please contact Luca Conte, Library Coordinator phone: 604.430.3337 Ext. 236 | email: luca@iccvancouver.ca
George Amabile (born 29 May 1936) is a Canadian poet who lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His poetry, fiction and non-fiction have been published in Canada, the USA, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand in over a hundred anthologies, magazines, journals and periodicals.
He has published seven books. The Presence of Fire won the Canadian Authors’ Association Silver Medal for Poetry; his long poem, Dur, placed third in the CBC Literary Competition for 1991; “Popular Crime” won first prize in the Sidney Booktown International Poetry Contest in February, 2000; and he is the subject of a special issue of Prairie Fire. From October 2000 to April 2001 he was Writer in Residence at the Winnipeg Public library.

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