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Friday, August 31, 2012

Stolen Art Watch, Group of Seven Swiped As Joshua Knelman's Hot Art Up For Yet Another Award

Arthur Ellis Award Winner Best Crime Nonfiction, Hot Art Up For Another Award

Group of Seven paintings stolen from Toronto gallery

Also taken was Harbour Scene #2 by late Montreal artist

Two Group of Seven paintings and a painting from a renowned Montreal artist have been stolen during a break-in at a gallery in Toronto's tony Yorkville neighbourhood.

The paintings that are missing are:

  • Group of Birches by Frank Johnston.
  • Beach Litter by Arthur Lismer.
  • Harbour Scene #2 by the late Montreal artist Sylvia Lefkovitz.

Police say the thief or thieves broke the front bay window and entered an art gallery on Hazleton Avenue. The three paintings are valued at about $50,000.

The break-in happened Sunday, but details were only released on Friday morning.

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction shortlist (Canada)

The shortlist for the 21st annual Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction has been revealed. The $10,000 prize, administered by Wilfrid Laurier University, recognizes a first or second published work of creative non-fiction by a Canadian author that has a Canadian setting or significance. The award was established in 1991 by literary journalist Edna Staebler to encourage Canadian talent:

Joshua Knelman, Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives through the Secret World of Stolen Art (Douglas and McIntyre)

Robyn Michele Levy, Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown (Greystone Books)

Andrew Westoll, The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary: A Canadian Story of Resilience and Recovery (HarperCollins Canada)

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