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Paul Rowe wins the 2016 BMO Winterset Award


March 16, 2017 (St. John's, NL) – Paul Rowe is the winner of the 2016 BMO Winterset Award for his book The Last Half of the Year. The award, which celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing, was presented today at a ceremony at Government House in St. John’s.

The two other finalists were Robert Chafe for Two-Man Tent (Breakwater Books, St. John’s, NL) and Michael Crummey for Little Dogs (House of Anansi Press, Toronto, ON).

The BMO Winterset Award is composed of a partnership between the BMO Financial Group and those involved from the start - ArtsNL and the project’s founder, writer Richard Gwyn, OC. The prize awarded to the annual winner is $12,500, while the finalists each receive $3,000. It is one of Atlantic Canada’s richest literary prizes.

The Last Half of the Year (Creative Book Publishing, St. John’s, NL) was one of 37 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) that were submitted by publishers from across the country. Books in any genre, published in 2016 were eligible. The jury consisted of Susan Chalker Browne, Alison Dyer, and Berni Stapleton.

The BMO Winterset Award honours the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, St. John’s-born social historian, prize-winning author, who did so much to promote a national awareness of the arts of this province. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn, OC, established the award in 2000. It is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra grew up.

Paul Rowe is a writer, actor, and teacher born in Point Verde, a small coastal community on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Avalon Peninsula.  He has written, directed, and performed extensively during a theatre career spanning three decades.  In 2015, he was a member of the acting company at the Stratford Festival.  The Last Half of the Year is his second novel. His first novel, The Silent Time, was a finalist for the 2008 BMO Winterset Award.  Paul lives in St. John’s, NL.

The BMO Winterset Award is managed by ArtsNL.

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (now known as ArtsNL) is a non-profit Crown agency created in 1980 by The Arts Council Act. Its mission is to foster and promote the creation and enjoyment of the arts for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of 13 appointed by government, reflecting regional representation of the province. This includes 10 professional artists who provide sectoral representation of the arts community; one community representative (with an interest in the arts); one business representative (with an interest in the arts); and one representative of the Department of Tourism, Industry, and Innovation (non-voting). ArtsNL receives an annual grant of $1.9 million from the Province to support a variety of granting programs, program delivery, office administration, and communications. It also seeks support from the public and private sector. It supports the following artistic disciplines: dance, film, multidiscipline, music, theatre, visual art, and writing.