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Contact: Melissa Cameron, H.B. Fenn & Co. Ltd.
TORONTO’S TERENCE M. GREEN NOMINATED FOR WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR
A WITNESS TO LIFE
Toronto writer Terence M. Green’s 1999 novel A Witness
to Life, (Forge Books, NY/H.B. Fenn, Canada) has been
nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
Cited by Booklist as "profoundly moving," by Kirkus as
"phenomenal," by The Edmonton Journal as "compassionate and
understated," the Globe and Mail proclaimed that "Green’s
Joycean celebration of Toronto is worth a shelf full of
histories. It comes alive in a way only the best fiction
The World Fantasy Award is a juried award that has been
bestowed annually since 1975 at the World Fantasy
Convention. Previous conventions have been held in such
places as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and London,
England. In 1984, Ottawa hosted the convention, and the site
will be Montreal in 2001. This year the convention will be
held in Corpus Christi, Texas (October 26 – 29), where the
winner will be announced. Accompanying the award is a carved
metal bust of renowned American fantasist H.P. Lovecraft,
designed by acclaimed artist/cartoonist Gahan Wilson.
Among previous novel winners are Peter Straub, Richard
Matheson and Gene Wolfe. Lifetime Achievement winners
include Ray Bradbury, Jorge Luis Borges, Roald Dahl and
Harlan Ellison. The lone Canadian to win in the past was
Robertson Davies, for High Spirits (1984, Best
Anthology/Collection category). Green’s is the only Canadian
novel nominated this year.
This year’s other nominees for Best Novel are:
The Rainy Season, James P. Blaylock (Ace)
Gardens of the Moon, Steven Erikson (Bantam Press)
A Red Heart of Memories, Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Ace)
Thraxas, Martin Scott (Orbit)
novel Shadow of Ashland was also a Finalist for Best Novel
at the World Fantasy Convention in London, England. A
Witness to Life, this year’s Finalist -- and prequel to that
book -- is the story of Martin Radey of Toronto, from 1880
to 1950. And in 2001, Forge Books (NY) and H.B. Fenn
(Canada) will be bringing out a sequel, St. Patrick’s Bed,
which has just been awarded a Toronto Arts Council Grant.
Already being taught in the Creative Writing department
at the University of Oklahoma and the English department of
the University of Toronto, A Witness to Life will be
released as a quality trade paperback
in September, 2000.
TERENCE M. GREEN:
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