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Michael Mirolla Awarded F.G. Bressani Literary Prize; Short Story to be Published in The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir

michaelMichael Mirolla has been awarded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for his latest book of poetry, The House on 14th Avenue.

The Signature Editions book is “about paired and shared lives, featuring two people whose connection sometimes seemed forced and uneven. That of master and slave. That of trembling and acceptance. Some of the poems detail each individually, a scraping together of momentary identities; others bring them together as they embark on journeys both physical and psychic.”

The F.G. Bressani Prize recognizes the best in Italian-Canadian literature, poetry, and short fiction. It is named after the writer whose book,  Breve Relatione (Brief Relation), is considered to be the first Italian-Canadian literary work. This year’s winners also include Darlene Madott (fiction), Eufemia Fantetti (short fiction), and David Macfarlane (Italian themes).

Not only will Mirolla be receiving his award on November 6th at the Italian Cultural Centre, he is also looking forward to the publication of his latest short story in The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir.

The Exile Book of New Canadian Noir, edited by Claude Lalumière and featuring the work of authors Corey Redekop, Joel Thomas Hynes, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Chadwick Ginther among many others, explores the whole spectrum of the noir esthetic. It explores its hardboiled home in crime fiction; its grim forays into horror, fantasy, and surrealism; its dystopian shadows in science fiction; its mixture of desire and corruption in erotica; its stark nihilism in literary realism. It tells the stories of several twisted characters in Canada and elsewhere.

Novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright, Michael Mirolla’s publications include a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; three novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner and recently translated into Latvian); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator; two short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion (translated into Italian as La logica formale delle emozioni) and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and three collections of poetry: Light and Time, the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances – Distanze Interstellari, and The House on 14th Avenue. His short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology, featuring the year’s 10 best short stories, while another short story, “The Sand Flea,” was nominated for the US Pushcart Prize.

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