The winner of the First Novel Award will be announced on Wednesday, May 22, in Toronto; the winner of the Youth Short Story category will also be recognized that evening
SEATTLE, WA, April 26, 2019 /CNW/ - (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Canada and The Walrus today announced the nominees for the 43rd annual First Novel Award (amazon.ca/firstnovelaward), which honours the achievements of Canadian authors and their debut novels.
This year, the winner and finalists will be awarded larger prizes than in previous years: the winner will receive $60,000 and each of the six finalists will receive $6,000 in prize money. The winner will be announced at the annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto. The event will be hosted by the CBC's Shelagh Rogers and will feature guest speaker and Man Booker Prize–winning novelist Yann Martel.
Now entering its second year, the Youth Short Story category will also be presented at the award ceremony. Authors between the ages of 13 and 17 were invited to submit a short story under 3,000 words. Chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, the winner in this category will receive $5,000 and a mentorship lunch with editors of The Walrus.
This year's panel of judges is composed of Diane Schoemperlen, a Governor General Award–winning author of 14 books, including This Is Not My Life: A Memoir of Love, Prison, and Other Complications (2016), which was shortlisted for the 2017 RBC Taylor Prize; Dimitri Nasrallah, winner of the Quebec Writers' Federation's Hugh MacLennan and First Book Prizes and author of three novels, most recently The Bleeds (2018); and Doretta Lau, author of the short-story collection How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun? (2014).
The finalists for the 2019 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, alphabetically, are:
The Amateurs, Liz Harmer (Knopf Canada)
Searching for Terry Punchout, Tyler Hellard (Invisible Publishing)
Reproduction, Ian Williams (Penguin Random House Canada)
"I am always impressed by the talent the First Novel Award nominees and our Youth Author applicants have to offer, and this year is no exception," said Mike Strauch, Country Manager for Amazon Canada. "We have such a unique range of novels to celebrate, from authors that represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds and life experiences. In addition, watching the accomplished careers of some of our past First Novel Award winners is inspiring and reinforces our commitment to supporting and developing Canadian talent."
Established in 1976, the First Novel Award program has launched the careers of some of Canada's most beloved novelists. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Michael Redhill, Mona Awad, Katherena Vermette, and Michael Kaan.
For additional information about the finalists and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, visit amazon.ca/firstnovelaward or thewalrus.ca/amazonfirstnovelaward/.
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