Writer Paul Knowles, whose travel column appears in this newspaper, has been named a finalist in the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Knowles is one of five finalists in the Best Blog/Column/Videocast/Podcast category in consumer publications. He is nominated for his article, in Broadview magazine, entitled â€śAt 66 years old, I finally decided to search for my biological motherâ€ť, published May 5, 2021. Award winners will be named in February of 2022.
Knowles also took the bronze award for Best On-line Travel Column/Blog, presented by the Travel Media Association of Canada, in June, 2021.
It has also been announced that two of Knowlesâ€™ columns, which appeared in this newspaper in 2021, have been nominated for an Ottawa Tourism Travel Writing Award, with the results to be announced in April 2022.
He has previously won national and international writing awards, including an Honourable Mention from the North American Travel Journalists Association, in 2019, for the travel feature, â€śA Complicated Icon,â€ť which followed the footsteps of Martin Luther in Germany; and a first place award from the Canadian Church Press for his 2017 published interview with theologian Martin Rumscheidt, a pastor who dedicated his life to reconciliation with the Jewish community, after discovering his father was a Nazi collaborator.
Knowles writes a weekly travel column, as well as feature articles for a variety of publications. His second mystery novel, â€śThe Dun Also Rises,â€ť was published in 2021. His fourth humourous gardening book, â€śThe Magic Gardenâ€ť, was published in 2020.