Stéphane Larue, writer of The Dishwasher (Biblioasis/Biblioasis International Translation Series, Arsenal Pulp Press) is the winner of the forty-fourth annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award (amazon.ca/firstnovelaward), which celebrates first-time Canadian novelists. Larue, a resident of Longueuil, Quebec, receives a grand money prize of $60,000.
The Dishwasher plunges the reader right into a world the place everybody depends upon one another—for higher or for worse. Translated into English by Pablo Strauss, the ebook is ready in Montreal in October 2002. Awaiting cost for his first freelance gig, and caught in an online of lies to his household and buddies, a graphic design scholar with a playing dependancy takes on a job as a dishwasher on the subtle La Trattoria restaurant. Thrust right into a roiling forged of characters all transferring with the whirlwind pace of the night rush, it’s not lengthy earlier than he finds himself in over his head as soon as once more.
Larue’s ebook was chosen from a shortlist of six works, which additionally included:
- The Western Alienation Merit Badge, Nancy Jo Cullen (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers/Buckrider Books)
- Going Dutch, James Gregor (Simon & Schuster)
- Mooncalves, Victoria Hetherington (Now Or Never Publishing)
- Aria, Nazanine Hozar (Penguin Random House Canada/Knopf Canada)
- When We Were Vikings, Andrew David MacDonald (Simon & Schuster)
Each shortlisted novelist obtained a $6,000 money prize. All of the shortlisted books are additionally obtainable in print and Kindle editions on Amazon.ca. The Western Alienation Merit Badge, Going Dutch, Aria, and When We Were Vikings are all presently obtainable as audiobooks via Audible.ca.
“Canadian literature, in particular, allows us to tell our many stories and share our Canadian values with the world. That is why, as Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to congratulate all the emerging authors celebrated today as part of the Amazon Canada First Novel Award announcement. Although we are not able to gather together in person, we can certainly show our appreciation for our talented writers by losing ourselves in a good story!”
Cate Freeborn, seventeen, Wins Youth Short Story Category
Now in its third yr, the Youth Short Story class celebrates authors between the ages of 13 and seventeen who’ve written a brief story underneath 3,000 phrases. Seventeen-year-old Cate Freeborn was chosen because the winner by the First Novel Award’s panel of judges. The prize for her profitable quick story, “74 Percent of the Victims of Nonfamily Abductions are Girls,” is $5,000, together with a digital mentorship workshop with editors of The Walrus.
“It was an absolute pleasure to immerse myself in this winning piece and the shortlisted stories,” stated decide Chelene Knight. “Writing is a difficult act, one that takes years and years to sculpt and refine. To read this calibre of work from such a young writer is what makes me excited about the future of publishing.”
This yr’s shortlist for the Youth Short Story class, listed alphabetically, are:
- 74 Percent of the Victims of Nonfamily Abductions are Girls, Cate Freeborn
- Remnants of an Orange, Yaani Dinu Mahapatuna
- Bibi & Me, Nazanin Soghrati
Amazon Supports Canadian Authors and Young Readers
Though the choice was made to cancel the First Novel Award ceremony in gentle of the present circumstances, Amazon Canada—which has supported the First Novel Award for greater than fifteen years—stands behind Canadian writers in these tough occasions. A portion of the funds that had been allotted for the bodily occasion can be donated to the Canadian Writer’s Emergency Relief Fund, and Audible.ca has generously agreed to match the donation. Amazon Canada seems to be ahead to internet hosting the ceremony and celebrating debut novelists and aspiring writers once more subsequent yr.
Additionally, from now till August 16, Amazon Canada is teaming up with First Book Canada on the third annual Buy 1, Give 1 program. This initiative will present 100,000 new books for youths in high-need communities throughout the nation. This is an particularly necessary time to assist this trigger given the devastating affect of COVID-19 on youngsters with out entry to books via libraries and faculties. You can be taught extra at amazon.ca/buy1give1.
For extra details about the finalists and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, go to amazon.ca/firstnovelaward.
The Western Alienation Merit Badge, Nancy Jo Cullen
Set in Calgary in 1982 throughout the recession that arrived on the heels of Canada’s National Energy Program, The Western Alienation Merit Badge follows the Murray household as they wrestle with grief and discover themselves on the point of monetary damage. After the demise of her stepmother, Frances “Frankie” Murray returns to Calgary to assist her father, Jimmy, and her sister, Bernadette, pay the mortgage on the household house. When Robyn, a long-lost good friend, turns into their home visitor, outdated tensions are reignited and Jimmy, Bernadette, and Frances discover themselves more and more alienated from each other. Part household drama, half queer coming-of-age story, The Western Alienation Merit Badge explores the complicated dynamics of a small household falling aside.
Going Dutch, James Gregor
Exhausted by dead-end forays within the homosexual courting scene; continually surrounded by buddies however deeply lonely in New York City; and drifting into educational abyss, twenty-something graduate scholar Richard has loads of sources of hysteria. But on the forefront is his crippling author’s block, which threatens day by day to derail his graduate funding and go away him poor, directionless, and desperately single.
Enter Anne, his sensible classmate who affords to “help” Richard write his papers in change for his firm—regardless of Richard’s pretty apparent sexual orientation. Still, he wants her assist, and it doesn’t harm that Anne has folded him into her considerable life-style. What begins as an initially transactional relationship steadily blooms into one thing extra complicated.
But when a one-swipe-stand with a sexy, profitable lawyer named Blake turns into critical, Richard abruptly finds himself unable to detach from Anne, entangled in her net of privilege, brilliance, and—oddly—her unabashed acceptance of his flaws. As the 2 relationships attain factors of great dedication, Richard quickly finds himself on a romantic and existential collision course—one which brings about stunning revelations.
Going Dutch is an incisive portrait of relationships in an age of digital romantic abundance. But it’s additionally a heartfelt and humorous exploration of affection and sexuality, and a poignant meditation on the issues emotionally ravenous folks search from and do to one another. James Gregor proclaims himself with levity and a contemporary, thrilling voice in his debut.
Mooncalves, Victoria Hetherington
Mooncalves follows the bloody implosion of a cult in Sainte-Pétronille, Quebec, understood via the pressing voices of the residing and a hoop of ghostly, shapeshifting watchers. Sensing the upcoming dissolution of society by technological progress, the charismatic, totally unhinged Joseph Reiser varieties “Walden,” a collective of Luddite devotees—most nonetheless of their teenagers. A vicious act of sexual violence shatters the collective, and devotee Erica Strickland barely escapes together with her life. Through its story of buried crime in rural Quebec and the mechanism of cult management, Mooncalves explores the unshakable maintain of old flame, the warped affect of unchecked ambition and sexual obsession, and the uncomfortable gaze of the accumulating useless.
Aria, Nazanine Hozar
It is the early 1950s in a stressed Iran, a rustic highly effective with oil wealth however unsettled by class and non secular divides, and by a bigger world hungry for its sources. One night time, a humble driver within the Iranian military is strolling house via a neighbourhood in Tehran when he hears a small, pitiful cry. Curious, he searches for the supply. To his horror, he comes upon a new child child woman deserted by the facet of the street and encircled by ravenous canine. He snatches up the kid, and without end alters his personal future and that of the little woman, whom he names Aria.
Nazanine Hozar’s gorgeous debut takes us contained in the Iranian revolution—however seen like by no means earlier than, via the eyes of an orphan woman. Through Aria, we meet three very completely different ladies who’re fated to mom the misplaced youngster: reckless and self-absorbed Zahra, spouse of the kind-hearted soldier; rich and compassionate Fereshteh, who welcomes Aria into her house and adopts her as an inheritor; and at last the mysterious, impoverished Mehri, whose connection to Aria is each a blessing and a burden. The novel’s heart-pounding conclusion takes us via the brutal revolution that installs Ayatollah Khomeini as Iran’s supreme chief—at the same time as Aria falls in love and turns into a younger mom herself.
The Dishwasher, Stéphane Larue
It’s October in Montreal, 2002, and winter is coming quick. Past due on his first freelance gig and ensnared in lies to his household and buddies, a graphic design scholar with a playing dependancy goes after the primary job that guarantees a paycheque: as a dishwasher on the subtle La Trattoria. Though he feels misplaced within the posh eating room—warned by the supervisor to not enter via the entrance, and coolly assessed by the waitstaff of their tailor-made shirts—nothing might have ready him for the strain and noise of the kitchen, or the dish pit’s clamor and steam. Thrust on his first night time right into a roiling forged of characters all transferring with the whirlwind pace of the night rush, it’s not lengthy earlier than he finds himself in over his head as soon as once more. A vivid, magnificent debut with a soundtrack by Iron Maiden, The Dishwasher plunges us right into a world through which everybody depends upon one another—for higher and for worse.
When We Were Vikings, Andrew David MacDonald
Sometimes life isn’t so simple as heroes and villains.
For Zelda, a twenty-one-year-old Viking fanatic who lives together with her older brother, Gert, life is finest lived with some fundamental guidelines:
1. A smile means “Thank you for doing something small that I liked.”
2. Fist bumps and dabs = respect.
3. Strange individuals are not appreciated in her house.
4. Tomatoes should go in the course of the sandwich and never get the bread moist.
5. Sometimes crucial issues don’t match on lists.
But when Zelda finds out that Gert has resorted to some questionable—and harmful—strategies to make sufficient cash to maintain them afloat, she decides to launch her personal quest. Her mission: to be legendary. It isn’t lengthy earlier than Zelda finds herself in a battle that assessments the attain of her heroism, her love for her brother, and the depth of her Viking power.
When We Were Vikings is an uplifting debut about an unlikely heroine whose journey will go away you desirous to embark on a quest of your personal—as a result of, in spite of everything, we’re all legends of our personal making.
The Shortlisted Authors
Nancy Jo Cullen is the fourth recipient of the Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers, and her quick story assortment, Canary, was the winner of the 2012 Metcalf-Rookie Award. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s Stephan G. Stephansson Award, and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. She lived in Calgary for over 20 years, and now lives in Kingston, Ontario.
[WATCH] Five questions for Nancy Jo Cullen
James Gregor holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia. He has been a writer-in-residence on the Villa Lena Foundation in Tuscany and a bookseller at Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. James was born and grew up in Canada.
[WATCH] Five questions for James Gregor
Victoria Hetherington is a Toronto-based writer, poet, and visible artist, and her work has beforehand appeared in Joyland Magazine, Broken Pencil, The Puritan, This Recording, and The Hart House Review.
[WATCH] Five questions for Victoria Hetherington
Nazanine Hozar was born in Tehran, Iran, and lives in British Columbia. Her fiction and non-fiction have been printed within the Vancouver Observer and Prairie Fire journal.
[WATCH] Five questions for Nazanine Hozar
Stéphane Larue was born in Longueuil, Quebec, in 1983. He obtained a grasp’s diploma in comparative literature at Université de Montréal, and has labored within the restaurant business for the previous fifteen years. He lives in Montreal.
[WATCH] Five questions for Stéphane Larue
Andrew David MacDonald grew up in Edmonton. He has gained a Western Magazine Award for Fiction; was shortlisted for a National Magazine Award for Fiction; and has been anthologized in 4 volumes of The Journey Prize Stories, a group of the yr’s finest Canadian tales from rising writers. He has an MFA from the Poets and Writers program on the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
[WATCH] Five questions for Andrew David MacDonald
Liz Harmer is a Journey Prize and Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction finalist whose debut novel, The Amateurs, was a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award. She has been nominated for a National Magazine Award thrice, and gained Gold in 2014 for her private essay “Blip.” She has been longlisted for the CBC quick story award and was a finalist for a Glimmer Train prize. Harmer is now engaged on a brand new novel in addition to a memoir, Interpretation Machine.
Shani Mootoo is the writer of the novels Cereus Blooms at Night (shortlisted for the Giller Prize, longlisted for the Booker Prize), He Drown She within the Sea (longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award), and Valmiki’s Daughter (longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize). Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She immigrated to Vancouver greater than thirty years in the past, and now lives close to Toronto.
Anakana Schofield is the writer of the lately printed Bina: A Novel in Warnings (Knopf Canada, Fleet, Little Brown UK). Her acclaimed novel, Martin John, was shortlisted for the 2015 Giller Prize, and was additionally a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize within the UK. Martin John was a 2016 Editors’ Choice within the New York Times. Schofield’s debut novel Malarky gained the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award and the 2013 Debut-Litzer Prize for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize.
Our youth decide is Chelene Knight, writer of the poetry assortment Braided Skin and the memoir Dear Current Occupant, which gained the 2018 Vancouver Book Award and was longlisted for the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Her essays have appeared in a number of Canadian and American literary journals, in addition to the Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and the Toronto Star. Her work has been anthologized in Making Room, Love Me True, Sustenance, The Summer Book, and Black Writers Matter. Knight is presently engaged on Junie, a forthcoming novel set in Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, to be launched in 2020. She was chosen as a 2019 Writers’ Trust Rising Star by David Chariandy.
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