The MFA has lots to celebrate this spring, with two alumni recieving honours from both the Writer's Union and the Writer's Trust of Canada.
Congratulations to Eufemia Fantetti, whose collection A Recipe for Disaster & Other Unlikely Tales of Love (Mother Tongue Publishing) was runner up for the Writer's Union of Canada's Danuta Gleed Award for best debut short fiction collection.The jury, comprised of Candas Jane Dorsey, Russell Wangersky, and Ian Williams, said of her work:
Eufemia Fantetti’s slim volume of stories, A Recipe for Disaster, is more of a treat than a snack for literary foodies who like their stories fun, brisk, and effortless. The theme of food is sustained without dominating the stories; it functions like a recurring secondary character or a soundtrack. Fantetti’s storytelling is both supple and disciplined as if she were whisking plots and characters together until the reader can hardly distinguish whether characters are acting or being acted upon. True to life, that’s how disasters work.
Congrats, also, to Lea Jane Esau, a finalist for the Writer's Trust of Canada's RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers with her short story "Dream Interperetation". Jury members Michelle Berry, Diane Schoemperlen, and Tanis Rideout cited Esau's piece as:
Compressed and expansive at the same time, "Dream Interpretation" is a story that will leave you both completely satisfied and wanting more. Each new revelation is surprising and disturbing, as Leah Jane Esau skilfully doles out the backstory and brings her characters to life. Nothing is what it seems, least of all dreams.