Langley writer in race to win award for non-fiction book – Aldergrove Star

A Langley writer is one of the finalists for the 2022 Société Radio-Canada (CBC) Non-Fiction Prize, presented jointly by the CBC, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity.

Susan Cormier, a Métis writer from Langley was nominated for her book, Advice to a new beekeeper.

Cormier has won and been shortlisted for awards such as Arc’s Poem of the Year, SubTerrain’s Lush Triumphant, and the Federation of BC Writers’ Literary Writes.

Her writing has appeared in publications such as Atlantis Women’s Studies Journal, B&A New Fiction, West Coast Line and several anthologies including Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poets and Against Death: 35 Essays on Life.

By day, she is a beekeeper and co-owner of CR Apiary in Langley, BC. In the evenings, she is the producer of the Vancouver Story Slam, Canada’s oldest live monthly storytelling contest, established in 2004.

She is currently writing 53 Wolves, a modern essay based on a fairy tale in response to the #MeToo and #NotAllMen social movements.

Speaking of his inspiration for writing the book, Cormier said: “Bees are considered a beautiful enigma, an almost mythical species ruled by natural magic. By extension, beekeeping is supposed to be a simple hobby, rather than an intense combination of physical labor and scientific learning. As a result, many novice goalies struggle to keep up with the steep learning curve and must rely heavily on educational tools such as mentors, books, clubs, and instructional courses.

Cormier believes there is an “indescribable” beauty and magic in beekeeping, which exists in the interactions between bees and a knowledgeable, insightful keeper.

The winner will be announced on September 22.

In addition to a cash prize of $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Artsthe grand prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at Banff Arts and Creativity Centerand their work will be published on the CBC Books website.

The work of the other four finalists will be published on the CBC Books website and each will receive a $1,000 prize from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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