> Zed Book Club / Michelle Good and Francesca Ekwuyasi up for $60,000 First Novel Award

Cree writer Michelle Good is finding it hard to celebrate her book's latest win after the remains of 215 children were found on the site of a Catholic-run residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Photo: Kent Wong

> Buzz

Michelle Good and Francesca Ekwuyasi up for $60,000 First Novel Award

/ BY Kim Honey / May 5th, 2021


On the heels of nominations for the $25,000 Governor General’s Literary Award, Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians and Francesca Ekwuyasi’s Butter Honey Pig Bread are among six books vying for the $60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel award.

Good, a lawyer and author from Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, was also a runner-up for the 2020 Writer’s Trust fiction prize for her story that follows five children sent to a remote, church-run residential school and released as teenagers with no skills or support. Halifax writer, filmmaker and artist Ekwuyasi, who was born in Lagos, writes an intergenerational tale about three Nigerian women, which was long-listed for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Jael Richardson

 

Joining them is Jael Richardson, the Brampton, Ont.-based executive director of the Festival of Literary Diversity, for Gutter Child, a dystopian tale about a social experiment where a disadvantaged young girl is raised in privilege.

Toronto author Marlowe Granados earned a nomination for Happy Hour, her debut novel set in New York City that captures the exuberance of youth, while Sheung-King of Toronto was nominated for a story about a translator who travels the world with his unnamed lover in You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked.

John Elizabeth Stintzi, a writer and artist born in Bergland, Ont., who lives in Kansas City, Mo., is in the running for Vanishing Monuments, a story about a non-binary photographer who returns home to Winnipeg to see their estranged mother, prompting reflections on the identities and genders they have tried on, kept or discarded.

THE SCROLL

Canadian Author Details Anne Frank Cold-Case Investigation That Named Surprise Suspect in Her Family’s Betrayal in New BookAhead of the 75th anniversary of the publication of Frank's 'The Diary of a Young Girl' in June, a team that included a retired FBI agent and around 20 historians, criminologists and data specialists identified a relatively unknown figure as a leading suspect in revealing her family's hideout.


Man Who Tricked Authors Into Handing Over Unpublished Manuscripts Arrested by FBI in New YorkFilippo Bernardini, an employee of a well known publication house, has been arrested for stealing hundreds of unpublished manuscripts.


Hollywood Legend Betty White Has a Last Laugh in New Biographic Comic BookThe creators of the biographical comic book have released similar books about Hollywood legends like Carrie Fisher, Lucille Ball, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor.


Barack Obama Reveals His List of Books That Left “A Lasting Impression” in 2021Obama's favourite 2021 reads include two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead's 'Harlem Shuffle' and 'Klara and the Sun,' by Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro


“Interview With the Vampire” Author Anne Rice Dies at 80 — Tributes Pour in From Stuart Townsend and OthersThe author, who was best known for her work in gothic fiction, died on Saturday evening as a result of complications from a stroke.


Norma Dunning wins $25,000 Governor General’s English fiction prize for ‘Tainna’The Edmonton-based Inuk writer explores themes of displacement, loneliness and spirituality in six short stories


Omar El Akkad wins $100,000 Giller prize for “What Strange Paradise”The former Globe and Mail reporter, who published "American War" to acclaim in 2017, tackles the global migrant refugee crisis in his second novel


South African Author Damon Galgut Wins the Booker Prize For ‘The Promise’Galgut received nominations for his 2003 and 2010 works before finally taking home the prize this year. 


Hollywood Legend Paul Newman Discusses Life, Acting and Aging Gracefully in Newly Discovered MemoirPublishers of the newly discovered memoir say the Hollywood legend wrote the book in the 1980s in response to the relentless media attention he received during that time.


Here’s What You Need to Know About the Toronto International Festival of AuthorsDirector Roland Gulliver lands in Toronto to open his second, much-expanded virtual festival with more than 200 events


Tanzanian Novelist Gurnah Wins 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature for Depicting the Impact of Colonialism and Refugee StoriesGurnah, 72, is only the second writer from sub-Saharan Africa to win one of the world's most prestigious literary awards


Miriam Toews Garners Third Giller Prize Nomination for “Fight Night” after Shortlist AnnouncedSophomore efforts from novelists Omar El Akkad and Jordan Tannahill join debut books from Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia and Angélique Lalonde


Tina Brown’s New Book, ‘The Palace Papers’, Covers the Royal Family’s Reinvention After Diana’s Tragic DeathTina Brown's sequel to her 2007 release 'The Diana Chronicles' is set to hit shelves April 12, 2022. 


Audible.ca Releases Andrew Pyper’s Exclusive Audiobook “Oracle” For New Plus Catalogue LaunchThe thriller about a psychic FBI detective is one of 12,000 titles now available for free to members


Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen to Release Book Based On Their “Renegades” PodcastThe new book will feature a collection of candid, intimate and entertaining conversations


Prince Harry Will Publish a Memoir in Late 2022Harry says he's writing the book "not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become."


> STAY UP TO DATE

Sign Up for the Weekly Book Club Newsletter