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Commonwealth Writers' Prize Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, awarded to promising new voices and/or exemplary new works of English-language fiction from the Commonwealth, have been announced. The following are those representations only from Canada and the Caribbean. The winners will be announced on April 12.

Mark Collins, director of the Commonwealth Foundation, had this to say about the prestigious award:

The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize is distinct and unique in that the books that win often have strong insight, spirit and voice about the incredible diversity, history and society of the Commonwealth. The Prize aims to reward the best of Commonwealth fiction written in English and in doing so, spots rising talent and creates new literary figures from the Commonwealth. This is the Prize to watch for tomorrow’s best-sellers. [source]

I’m always excited about shortlists and award winners; rarely am I disappointed in the chosen books. If there’s anything I appreciate, it’s fine literary fiction. On this best book list, there are a few that have been nominated for other major prizes, like the Giller and Governor General’s Award, as well. That’s promising! A hearty congratulations to the authors, as well as a huge thank you for writing these books and contributing to our culture. Without literature of this calibre, we would certainly be lost.

Caribbean and Canada Best Book:
The Winter Vault
by Anne Michaels
February
by Lisa Moore
Euphoria
by Connie Gault
Goya’s Dog
by Damian Tarnopolsky
Galore
by Michael Crummey
The Golden Mean
by Annabel Lyon

Caribbean and Canada Best First Book:
Under this Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
Daniel O’Thunder by Ian Weir
The Island Quintet: Five Stories by Raymond Ramchartiar
Diary of Interrupted Days by Dragan Todorovic
The Briss by Michael Tregebov
Amphibian by Carla Gunn
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