12 May 2009

Local writer nominated for award

PRINCE GEORGE - The Writers’ Union of Canada announced that writer Betsy Trumpener has been nominated for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for The Butcher of Penetang (Caitlin Press).
The Award recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2008.
The fiction book introduces a number of stories, including a child missing in a dangerous part of town, a draft dodger, a robber armed with a hairbrush and a refugee who rescues poetry from his prison cell.
Judges Merilyn Simonds, J.J. Steinfeld, and Rudy Wiebe also shortlisted Ian Colford, Evidence (The Porcupine’s Quill); Pasha Malla, The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi Press Inc.); Rebecca Rosenblum, Once (Biblioasis) and Ahmad Saidullah, Happiness and other Disorders (Key Porter Books Limited).
The Award consists of cash prizes for the three best first collections, with a first prize of $10,000 and two additional prizes of $500. The winners will be announced in Calgary, Alta., on May 23, 2009.

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