and "Books in Canada" Announce Finalists for 2007 First Novel Award

    SEATTLE and TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - ( and "Books
in Canada" today announced the finalists for the 31st annual First Novel
Award, a prestigious Canadian literary award that recognizes the outstanding
achievement of a first-time novelist.
    "The First Novel Award has become a gauge for emerging literary talent in
Canada, and we are proud to be a part of this award's 31st year of recognizing
emerging novelists," said Julie Todaro, director of "We are excited
about this year's finalists and believe that these books truly exemplify the
outstanding quality of Canadian authors; their books will inspire and excite
readers for generations to come."
    The six nominees for the 2007 First Novel Award, listed alphabetically by
author, are:
    -  "The Outlander" by Gil Adamson, House of Anansi Press (author lives in
       Toronto, ON)
    -  "Soucouyant" by David Chariandy, Arsenal Pulp Press (author lives in
       Vancouver, BC)
    -  "The Letter Opener" by Kyo Maclear, Harper Collins Canada (author
       lives in Toronto, ON)
    -  "The End of the Alphabet" by C.S. Richardson, Doubleday Canada (author
       lives in Toronto, ON)
    -  "Big White Knuckles" by Brian Tucker, Nimbus Publishing (author lives
       in Trout Brook, NB)
    -  "Milk Chicken Bomb" by Andrew Wedderburn, Coach House Books (author
       lives in Calgary, AB)

    The winner will be announced at the annual First Novel Award event in
October in Toronto. The winner will receive $7,500 - the largest Canadian
prize for a first novel. All finalists will receive a $750 gift certificate
redeemable at
    The finalists were selected by Aritha van Herk, an intellectual and
motivational cultural speaker and award winning Canadian novelist, whose work
has been acclaimed throughout North America and Europe. Her work has been
widely published and translated into ten languages. Van Herk is a member of
the Royal Society of Canada, and a professor of Canadian literature and
creative writing in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.
    "Aside from being an accomplished professor and speaker, Aritha van Herk
is an outstanding author and literary critic in her own right, who has brought
experience and passion to the selection of the shortlist for the 2007 First
Novel Award," said Olga Stein, editor of "Books in Canada." "Van Herk is one
more expert in a long series of First Novel Award editors who have used their
enthusiasm and expertise to discover the most promising breakthrough novelists
in Canada."
    Since 1976, the First Novel Award has launched the careers of some of
Canada's most beloved novelists. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje
(1976), Joan Barfoot (1978), Joy Kogawa (1981), W.P. Kinsella (1982), Nino
Ricci (1990), Rohinton Mistry (1991), Shyam Selvadurai (1994), Anne Michaels
(1996), Margaret Gibson (1997), Andre Alexis (1998), Alan R. Wilson and David
Macfarlane (co-winners, 1999), Eva Stachniak (2000) , Michael Redhill (2001),
Mary Lawson (2002), Michel Basilières (2003), Colin McAdam (2004), Joseph
Boyden (2005), and Madeleine Thien (2006).
    More information about the 2007 First Novel Award shortlist can be found

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