Congratulations to Angeline Schellenberg – triple winner at the Manitoba Book Awards for her first poetry collection Tell Them It Was Mozart!! Winner of the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry, the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for best first book and the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer.
Here is the story from the Winnipeg Free Press.
Juries’ comments for the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
Angeline Schellenberg’s debut collection of poems is defiant. She delicately and imaginatively manages to present a whole singular story of a mother raising two children at varying degrees on the autism spectrum. From titles to page turns and character counts to spaces in-between words, Tell Them It Was Mozart is so much more than poetry. This collections transcends its genre and Angeline is truly a talented writer.
Juries’ comments for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for best first book
This is a story of autism told through poetry, prose, elegant words, and unflinching realities. Schellenberg doesn’t sugarcoat the struggles of raising two children on the autism spectrum, but she tells this story with such deftness that you see the humour, the lightness and, ultimately, the love. What makes this book so wonderful is the unconventional storytelling method that draws the reader in while slowly unfolding the tale. Incredible first book.
Juries’ comments for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer
Angeline Schellenberg has written a book filled with love, frustration, humour, echolalia, and a strong sense of form. It is also the record of learning to parent an autistic child. “Mozart knocks autism on its ear,” writes Schellenberg, and in these pages he does.