Whistler Nominee: How the Light is Spent

WhistlerWe’re thrilled to announce that Gail Sidonie Sobat’s book of poetry, How the Light is Spent, has been long-listed for the Whistler Independent Book Awards for 2016. How the Light is Spent is published by Wintergreen Studios Press.

How the Light is Spent is a meditation on love and loss, on time and tempo. From the Drumheller Badlands to Istanbul, Turkey and back to Canada, Gail Sidonie Sobat scores the light and the shadow of human relationships, composing an etude of how best to mark our allotted time. The first section, “Badlands,” constructs a narrative of a young couple in love who are eventually divided by war and tragedy, their story so poignant it never quite leaves the remaining pages. The middle collection of poems, entitled “Sailing to Byzantium,” sweeps readers across the ocean and drops them squarely into the heat and noise of an Istanbul market. A piercing impression of longing permeates this section, troubling the finality of the first narrative, as if the lover’s grief is embodied, restless. The third section, “How the Light is Spent,” replaces the exotic locale of the mid-section with more familiar scenes, at least for Canadian readers. The collection ends with a final cadence of poems revealing an almost familiar soul who attempts to “cheat autumn,” all the while dancing onwards with time. Gail Sidonie Sobat’s work has been variously described as “beautiful…and concise…at times sexy, and always quite human.”

Nominees for the Whistler Independent Book Awards have been selected because of the quality and publishing professionalism of their books in the fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry categories.

To recognize and support those writers whose books were also of high quality, the longlisting committee has decided to announce a WIBA “Honourable Mention” selection of Canadian self-published authors.

Longlisted nominees  for the Whistler Independent Book Awards are currently being judged by the Vancouver Branch of the Canadian Authors Association. Finalists will be announced on July 18, with the winners being announced at the Whistler Writers Festival, October 13–16.

Please join us in congratulating Gail – and click here to order a copy of her book from Amazon. It is an amazing collection, well worthy of the honour.