Thursday, October 26, 2023 (Montreal, QC) — The Quebec Writers’ Federation is honoured to announce that the winner of the 2023 Judy Mappin Community Award is Elise Moser.
Since the 1980s, Elise has been active in the literary scene in Montreal and further afield. Elise has served on a number of boards and literary committees, including the boards of PEN Canada, the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN), and the Quebec Writers’ Federation, of which she was the president from 2009 to 2012. She is also a founder of the National Juries and Awards Working Group, conceived of and co-organizes AELAQ’s Read Quebec Book Fair, and is a member of the Literary Umbrella of Quebec (LUQ). Elise is the project coordinator for the Atwater Writers Exhibition.
As an author, she has published thirty short stories, numerous book reviews, a literary novel for adults, a YA novel, a non-fiction book for children ages 8 to 12, and several anthologies on which she was either editor or co-editor, including Minority Report: New English Writing from Quebec and Salut King Kong: New English Writing from Quebec, both of them collections of short works by the winners and finalists of the Quebec Writing Competition. As an editor and mentor, she has worked with local writers and publishers to help bring their books into existence.
About the Judy Mappin Community Award
The Judy Mappin Community Award is given to a member of the extended literary community who has made a significant and longstanding contribution to the development and/or dissemination of English-language literature in Quebec.
Named for the first recipient of QWF’s Community Award in 1995—who quietly but fiercely promoted generations of Canadian writers in her long career as a bookseller at the now defunct Double Hook bookstore in Westmount, Quebec—the Judy Mappin Community Award is bestowed once every year at the QWF Awards Gala.
The 2023 QWF Awards Gala
Elise will be honoured as the winner of the Judy Mappin Community Award at the 2023 QWF Awards Gala on the evening of Monday, November 13.
Also at the gala will be announced the winners of the 2023 QWF Literary Awards, along with the winners of the carte blanche Prize and the College Writers Award.
The gala is open to the public and tickets are now available for purchase. A cocktail reception will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m.
Tickets to the reception are $60 ($40 for full-time students) and include two glasses of wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink and admission to the awards ceremony. Tickets for the ceremony alone are $25 ($10 for full-time students).
John Wickham, Communications Officer