Jane Harris-Zsovan’s Weblog

A Professional Site About Jane’s Books, Articles and Ideas


leave a comment »

June 7, 2016 — Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile will soon be available in e-book format through Signature Editions. Stayed tuned for more details in the next few weeks.Finding Home cover_HR

Alberta Literary Award Win:

leave a comment »

Jane Harris (Harris-Zsovan) has won a 2016 Alberta Literary Award. She received the James H. Gray Award for short non-fiction at the  Alberta Literary Awards Gala June 4th in Calgary, Alberta. Jane’s essay, “The Unheard Patient,” published in Alberta Views November 2015 issue was also short-listed for a 2016 Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Showcase Award (essay category.)

Jane is also the author of Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J. Gordon Shillingford, 2015) and Eugenics and the Firewall (J. Gordon Shillingford, 2010).

The full news release:

2016 Alberta Literary Award Winners Announced

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is pleased to reveal the winners of the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards. More than 120 attended the 2016 Alberta Literary Awards Wine and Cheese Gala, part of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s 2016 Calgary Conference, Creativity and Happiness.

This celebration marked the 34th anniversary of the Alberta Literary Awards and brought together writers from across Alberta.

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. This year, jurors deliberated over 250 submissions to select 25 finalists in eight categories.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada, and was formed in 1980 to provide a meeting ground and collective voice for the writers of the province. Our mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage, and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

2016 Alberta Literary Awards Winners

R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (Supported by the Under the Arch Youth Foundation at The Calgary Foundation)

  • Kate Boorman (Edmonton) – Winterkill, Abrams/Amulet

Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction (Sponsored by The Banff Centre)

  • Bradley Somer (Calgary) – Fishbowl, St. Martin’s/Raincoast 

Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction (Supported by Jane Stevens and the WGA Board of Directors)

  • Andrew Nikiforuk (Calgary) – Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry, Greystone

Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (Sponsored by Alberta Views)

  • Beth Graham (Edmonton) – The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Playwrights Canada Press

Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Sponsored by Stephan V. Benediktson)

  • Marylin Dumont (Edmonton) – The Pemmican Eaters, ECW Press

James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (Supported by Tony Johnson)

  • Jane Harris (Lethbridge) – “The Unheard Patient,” Alberta Views

Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story (Supported by Vanna Tessier and Guy Tessier)

  • Thomas Wharton (Edmonton) – “Filters,” FreeFall

Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award (Supported by the Friends of Frances – In Memory of Frances Hern)

  • Elizabeth Withey (Edmonton) – “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

WGA Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement (Supported by Aritha van Herk)

  • Greg Hollingshead


Jane Harris, Author

Now for the Good News: I won the James H. Gray Award at the Alberta Literary Awards in Calgary on Saturday for “The Unheard Patient” published in Alberta Views, November 2015. Here’s the news release: https://lnkd.in/bNa2kz2

View original post

Written by janeharris(harris-zsovan)

June 6, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Do Not Support Copyright Thieves!!

leave a comment »

If you are reading my book online, you are violating copyright. Do not download the file. Please!! I have just informed my publisher that my work has been stolen. I am receiving no money for the illegal downloads, and you are subject to prosecution if you read the illegal PDF.

Written by janeharris(harris-zsovan)

June 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

May 13 Reading Event

leave a comment »

I will be sharing insights and reading from Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness at the Lethbridge Public Library, May 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

leave a comment »

Next writing workshop runs June 12th at Casa Lethbridge.

Jane Harris, Author

Jane Harris, author of Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J. Gordon Shillingford, 2015) will be facilitating a one day workshop, “Is My Writing Good Enough?” at CASA Lethbridge, June 12, 2016. Registrations are now open: http://www.casalethbridge.ca/classes-registration/1058

View original post

Written by janeharris(harris-zsovan)

May 7, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Media Reviews Finding Home in the Promised Land

leave a comment »

Emily Rivas’ review of Finding In the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J. Gordon Shillingford October 2015) appears in the Jan/Feb issue of This Magazine:

Harris delivers the information in a way that’s both intriguing and easy to understand. Connecting the systematic bureaucratic problems of homlessness in Canada to her own real life experiences makes Harris an effective and convincing storyteller. By the end of the book, readers might find themselves questioning whether they’re part of the societal problem, too. “- EMILY RIVAS, This Magazine, January/February 2016. 

Andrea Geary’s review appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press on Boxing Day: 

“Harris … uses excerpts taken from notes she made at the time throughout the book to help illustrate her journey back from despair. These glimpses into her life at its lowest point add a personal touch to the more factual information she includes about Canada’s poor, and make the book more accessible.” ANDREA GEARY, Winnipeg Free Press, December 26, 2015.


Written by janeharris(harris-zsovan)

March 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Buying Books From from Anywhere

with one comment

No matter where you live on this big blue marble, you probably have access to a retailer that carries Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J.Gordon Shillingford, 2015). Here’s a link to my list of online and traditional stores that either stock or take special orders for Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile (J. Gordon Shillingford, October 2015): Buying Finding Home in the Promised Land from almost anywhere.



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.