Wayne Grady Wins 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Author of 'Emancipation Day' selected to receive this year's award from a shortlist of five first-time novelists

SEATTLE, WA, April 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Amazon.ca and Quill & Quire today unveiled Wayne Grady as the winner for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Grady's novel Emancipation Day (Doubleday Canada) earned him the title of the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and a cheque for CAD $7,500 at this year's award ceremony held at The Four Seasons in Toronto.

Steeped in the jazz and big band music of the 1930s and '40s, Emancipation Day, Grady's first novel, is an arresting, heart-rending story about fathers and sons, love and denial, and race relations in a world on the cusp of momentous change. Grady has written fourteen books of science and natural history, travel and personal essays, translated fifteen novels and edited eleven anthologies of literary fiction and nonfiction. Born in Windsor, Ontario, he currently lives near Kingston, Ontario.

In addition to Grady, the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award finalists included Kenneth Bonert for The Lion Seeker (Knopf Canada), Krista Bridge for The Eliot Girls (Douglas & McIntyre), Susan Downe for Juanita Wildrose: My True Life (Pedlar Press) and D.W. Wilson for Ballistics (Hamish Hamilton Canada) – all of whom will earn a CAD $750 gift certificate from Amazon.ca.

"It is an honour to again be a part of a program that celebrates Canadian novelists and we are thrilled to recognize these incredible authors," said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca.  "The Amazon.ca First Novel Award is one way we can help foster Canadian literature and raise awareness for emerging Canadian authors. We wish this year's First Novel Award finalists much success." 

This year's shortlist of finalists was selected by Stuart Woods, editor of Quill & Quire. The winner was selected from the list of nominees by a panel of judges including Kamal Al-Solaylee, journalist and author of the memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes; Angie Abdou, author of the novels The Bone Cage and The Canterbury Trail; and Brian Francis, author of the novels Fruit and Natural Order.

Over the last three decades, the First Novel Award has recognized outstanding literary achievements by first-time Canadian authors and has launched the careers of some of Canada's most beloved novelists, including most recently, Eleanor Catton (2010) for The Rehearsal, David Bezmozgis (2011) for The Free World and Anakana Schofield (2012)for Malarky.

For more information about the Amazon.ca First Novel Awards, visit www.amazon.ca/firstnovelaward.  

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