The Richard Carver Award, which traditionally honours emerging Kootenay writers, is changing in 2019 to recognize emerging artists in all disciplines. As this is the last year that the award will be dedicated solely to the literary arts, the 2018 award will honour two people who have made significant contributions to the literary scene.
The nominating committee is delighted to select Ernest Hekkanen, literary publisher, and Morty Mint, literary agent, as recipients of the 2018 Richard Carver Award. The award will be presented at the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival’s 100-Mile Opening Gala on Friday, July 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Hume Hotel.
Hekkanen served as founder and Editor-in-Chief of The New Orphic Review for 20 years before the literary journal’s retirement in 2018. He is co-curator of the home-based New Orphic Gallery, a Literary Landmark in Alan Twigg’s province-wide literary mapping project. Hekkanen, who has published 47 books, is also a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, playwright, publisher, printmaker and painter. He is listed in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, and Contemporary Authors (in the U.S.)
Morty Mint has 52 years of experience in publishing, including positions as president of Penguin Canada and Penguin U.S.A. As Mint Publishers, he distributed The Guinness Book of World Records across North America and Ripley’s Believe it or Not worldwide.
Since 2013 the Richard Carver Award, created by the Kootenay Writers Society and the Nelson and District Arts Council, has honoured emerging writers. Since 2015, the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival has been a partner with NDAC in presenting the award, which is named for the late Richard Carver, a Nelson resident who embraced the arts and the artistic process with passion and enthusiasm.