Five finalists for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award announced â€“ winner to be unveiled at awards ceremony on April 30
SEATTLEâ€”March 5, 2014â€”Amazon.ca andÂ Quill & QuireÂ today announced the finalists for the 38th Annual First Novel Award which recognizes the outstanding achievement of Canadian first-time novelists.
â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to again be a part of a program that supports and cultivates Canadian authors,â€ said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca. â€œThe First Novel Award program has an incredible history honouring Canadaâ€™s beloved novelists and we look forward to seeing these finalistsâ€™ careers flourish and inspire new writers as they join the ranks of First Novel Award success stories.â€
Selected by head judge and editor ofÂ Quill & Quire, Stuart Woods, the five nominees for the 2013 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, listed alphabetically by author, are:
â€œThe finalists for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award are at diverse stages in their careers as writers, but they share a bold vision for the novel in Canada,â€ said Woods. â€œI hope this shortlist will serve as another reminder of the vibrancy of Canadian fiction.â€
Since 1976, the First Novel Award has helped launch the careers of some of Canadaâ€™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 BasiliÃ¨res (2003), Colin McAdam (2004), Joseph Boyden (2005), Madeleine Thien (2006), Gil Adamson (2007), Joan Thomas (2008), Jessica Grant (2009), Eleanor Catton (2010), David Bezmozgis (2011) and Anakana Schofield (2012).