Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author Tyler Trafford nominated for three provincial awards

Local/Calgary author Tyler Trafford's book "Almost A Great Escape: A Found Story" is a finalist in three provincial book awards categories, including:

  • Alberta Readers' Choice Award (ARC), a $10,000 award which is sponsored by the Edmonton Public Library and is awarded annually for the best fiction or narrative non-fiction written by an Alberta author. "Almost A Great Escape" is in the top ten, which will be narrowed to five contenders later this month by judges. Voting for the winner will then be open to readers. Visit to cast your vote.
  • Alberta Literary Award, Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction. "Almost A Great Escape" is in the final three as chosen by the Writers Guild of Alberta judges. Final results will be announced June 6 at the Writers Guild of Alberta gala in Calgary.
  • City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. "Almost A Great Escape" is in the final three as chosen by the Writers Guild of Alberta judges. Final results will be announced Tuesday April 29.
"Almost A Great Escape" will be included in next year's Banff Book Discussion and it will be the first time a non-fiction book will be the topic at that event.

"Almost A Great Escape: A Found Story" is based on letters found in a soup box, left behind by his deceased estranged mother. These were letters between her and her forbidden love, who was one of only three men to successfully escape the Stalag Luft III Nazi prison camp during the second world war, only to find her by then betrothed to another, the man who would become Tyler's father.

Tyler Trafford worked for many years as a reporter and editor first with the Calgary Herald, then in Australia with the Australian and later with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. When he returned to Canada, be began writing biographies, histories, and works of fiction, including The Story of Blue Eye, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Grant McEwan Authors Award. He now divides his time between Calgary and his studio on the Oldman River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.

Upcoming Author Talk
Tyler Trafford will be at the Pincher Creek and District Municipal Library to give an Author Talk about "Almost A Great Escape" on Thursday April 24 at 7:00 pm. Attend in person or via videoconference at the Crowsnest Community Library.

"Almost A Great Escape: A Found Story" is available for purchase locally at Cowley Co-op.

Related link:
Tyler Trafford web page

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