Langley writer in the race to win an award for her non-fiction book – Aldergrove Star


A Langley writer is a finalist for the 2022 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Non-Fiction Awards, presented jointly by CBC, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity.

Susan Cormier, a Metis writer from Langley, was nominated for her book. Advice for a new beekeeper.

Cormier has won and been shortlisted for awards such as Arc’s Poem of the Year, SubTerrain’s Lush Triumphant, and the Federation of BC Writers’ Literary Writes.

Her writing has appeared in publications such as Atlantis Women’s Studies Journal, B&A New Fiction, West Coast Line and several anthologies including Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poets and Against Death: 35 Essays on Life.

By day she is a beekeeper and co-owner of CR Apiary in Langley, BC. By night she is the producer of Vancouver Story Slam – Canada’s longest-running monthly live storytelling competition, established in 2004.

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She is currently writing 53 Wolves, a modern fairytale-based essay-response to the social movements #MeToo and #NotAllMen.

Of her inspiration for writing the book, Cormier said, “Bees are viewed as a beautiful enigma, a quasi-mythical species ruled by a natural magic. As an extension of this, it is believed that beekeeping is a simple pastime rather than an intense combination of physical labor and scientific learning. As a result, many inexperienced zookeepers struggle with the steep learning curve and must rely heavily on educational tools such as mentors, books, clubs, and classes.”

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Cormier believes there is “indescribable” great beauty and magic in beekeeping that resides in the interaction between bees and a knowledgeable, caring keeper.

The winner will be announced on September 22nd.

In addition to a $6,000 cash prize from the Canada Council for the Arts, the grand prize winner will receive a two-week writing residency at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity and their work will be published on the CBC Books website.

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The work of the other four finalists will be published on the CBC Books website and each will receive a $1,000 award from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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