Sunburst Award Society Announces the Winners of Its Second Copper Cylinder Awards

Toronto, Ontario (September 15th, 2013) The Sunburst Award Society is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Copper Cylinder Awards. The Copper Cylinder Award is an annual member’s choice award selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year.

The Copper Cylinder Award derives its name from the first Canadian scientific romance, "A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder," by James De Mille (1833-1880). The winners receive a unique, handcrafted, copper cylinder trophy.

Portrait of Nalo Hopkinson

The winner of the 2013 Copper Cylinder Adult Award is The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson (McElderry Books, ISBN - 9781416954880)

Photo of Lesley Livingston

The winner of the 2013 Copper Cylinder Young Adult Award is Starling by Lesley Livingston (HarperCollins, ISBN - 9781443407656).

Nalo Hopkinson lives in Riverside, California. Lesley Livingston lives in Toronto.

About The Chaos (from Simon & Shuster)

Cover of The ChaosSixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn’t feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother—and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she’s ever known—and she knows that the black shadowy entity that’s begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.

A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.

About Starling (from HarperTeen)

Cover of StarlingMason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name—the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family—with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods—is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.

Lesley Livingston Award Ceremony
Lesley Livingston accepts the 2013 Copper Cylinder Award from 2013 Sunburst Award finalist Rachel Hartman on September 15, 2013

The Sunburst Award Society also confers annually the juried Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Both awards celebrate the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.

For additional information about the Copper Cylinder Awards, Sunburst Award Society membership and the voting process please visit the website at

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