I won the Journey Prize! It's two days later and I'm still floating on air. And check out this Globe & Mail top-of-the-fold, front section, page 4 coverage with my photo! Back when I worked in media relations, I would have killed for this kind of national placement.
The Journey Prize was announced along with six others as part of the annual Writers' Trust Awards on Tuesday, November 14 at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC HQ in Toronto. I was especially pleased for David Chariandy who won the Fiction prize. His novel Brother is a quiet lyric, an elegy to Scarborough, and a meditation on grief, brotherhood, and prejudice.
The Writers' Trust are genuinely wonderful people who a) know how to pull off an awards show and b) know how to make writers feel loved. They feted all us finalists the evening before at a private dinner and then on Tuesday night put on a really slick awards night that felt a tiny bit like the Oscars. They even live-streamed the event so you can watch me stutter through my acceptance speech.
It was such a treat to dress up and socialize with other writers, a couple of whom are my literary heroes and of course Tuesday night was a total whirlwind, especially after I won. I've never been hugged by so many new acquaintances in my life. For the record, I liked it. :) I was chuffed to see Pamela Mulloy, Fiction Editor for The New Quarterly. TNQ is such an amazing publication and they've been so supportive of my work so it was an added pleasure not just to win, but to bring this prize home for them as well. Here are some photos from the evening, none of which came from my camera. From left to right: Group photo of the award winners; Journey judge Ayelet Tsabari with fellow finalist Darlene Naponse and me; Journey judge Kevin Hardcastle and me; TNQ editor Pamela Mulloy and me.