Amazon.ca is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their First Novel Award. Every year since 1976 the award has recognized the exceptional talent of a first time novelist. This year's shortlist was selected by a panel of judges, including Russell Brown, Gurjinder Basran, and Nick Mount. This year was an banner year for nominations for small Canadian presses (and Literary Press Group members), taking four of the six spots.
Congratulations to our members and their authors who received nominatations this year:
Anvil Press & W. Mark Giles for Seep, which follows Dwight as he returns to his hometown of Seep, only to witness its dismantling in the face of land redevelopment.
Biblioasis & Judith McCormack for Backspring, which follows the struggles of Eduardo Cabral, a brilliant and sensitive Montreal-based architect who uses light and shadow to build exquisite buildings.
Brindle & Glass & Aaron Cully Drake for Do You Think This is Strange?, a coming-of-age story about Freddy, an autistic high schooler whose world is thrown out of balance when someone from his past returns.
Freehand Books & Elizabeth Philips for The Afterlife of Birds, which follows the quiet life of Henry, a shy man who isn't really doing anything with this life, besides his passion for rebuilding the skeletons of birds and animals.
The winner of this year's award will be announced at a gala event in Toronto on May 26th. For more information about the award and to see a full list of this year's shortlist, please visit The Walrus.