HOORAY! My novel, The Boat People, is shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. The award is given every second year to one unpublished manuscript in the province. Anyone with a a novel, short story or poetry collection, memoir, or non-fiction manuscript is eligible. And this year I'm thrilled to be one of three finalists. Even better: we're all women!
We'll be reading excerpts of our work at the Christina Parker Gallery (in St. John's) on Monday, November 9th at 7pm. The winner is announced the following day at a private event at Government House hosted by the Lieutenant Governor. (Swish, no? I'm practicing my curtsey)
It's an incredibly generous award ($6,000 for the winner, $1,000 of which is ear marked for editorial assistance, and $1,000 to each of the other two finalists). The Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union are champions for their sponsorship.
And finally, because I'm in the mood to brag, here's what the judges said about my novel (eeeeeeeee!): "The reader is drawn into The Boat People and held captive from the first page…[It] is a precise reflection of a refugee's bid for immigrant status, his past jeopardizing that chance. The novel is skillfully layered and paced, seamlessly engaging stories of people connected through family to Sri Lanka and its turbulent history. Other characters come together to create for reader the question of how we define ourselves as human beings."