Amazon.ca Announces the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award Winner: Anakana
Schofield for Malarky
TORONTO, April 24, 2013 /CNW/ - This evening, Amazon.ca presented the 2012
Amazon.ca First Novel Award and a cheque for $7,500 to Anakana Schofield,
author of Malarky (Biblioasis), at a ceremony hosted by award-winning
broadcaster, writer, musician, producer and best-selling author, Jian
Ghomeshi, at The Four Seasons in Toronto. Schofield was selected to receive
the award from a shortlist of five authors, all of whom had their first novels
published in 2012.
Anakana Schofield is an Irish-Canadian writer of fiction, essays and literary
criticism. Her first novel, Malarky, is the story of an Irish mother forced
to look grief in the eye and of a wife who comes face-to-face with the mad
agony of longing. Anakana Schofield has also contributed to the London Review
of Books, The Globe and Mail and The Vancouver Sun. She has lived in London
and Dublin and now resides in Vancouver.
Along with Schofield, the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award finalists are
Marjorie Celona for Y (Hamish Hamilton Canada), Scott Fotheringham for The
Rest Is Silence (Goose Lane Editions), Pasha Malla for People Park (House of
Anansi Press), and Kim Thúy for Ru (Random House Canada). Each finalist
took home a $750 gift card to Amazon.ca.
"Amazon.ca would like to thank and congratulate all the first-time novelists
who participated in the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award," said Steve Oliver,
country manager for Amazon.ca. "Every year, we are thrilled and inspired by
emerging Canadian authors that captivate audiences through their written word.
Being able to recognize their achievements and provide a platform to showcase
their talent is an honour."
Now in its 37(th) year, the First Novel Award continues to recognize and award
outstanding achievement by first-time Canadian novelists. Recent winners
include David Bezmozgis, who won the award in 2011 for The Free World, Eleanor
Catton for The Rehearsal (2010), Jessica Grant for Come, Thou Tortoise (2009),
Joan Thomas for Reading by Lightning (2008) and Gil Adamson for The Outlander
(2007). Since 1976, the First Novel Award has launched the careers of some of
Canada's most beloved novelists, including Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy
Kogawa, W.P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Rohinton Mistry, Anne Michaels and André
The 2012 shortlist was selected by Stuart Woods, Editor of Quill & Quire, from
entries submitted to the magazine. Before working as a print journalist, Woods
worked as an Editor at the Montreal publishing house Price-Patterson. He is
a graduate of the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The winner was selected from the shortlist by a three-person jury comprised
of: John Degen, the Executive Director of The Writers' Union of Canada;
Meaghan Strimas, the Academic Coordinator for creative writing at the
University of Guelph; and author Alexi Zentner, whose first novel, Touch, was
nominated for the 2011 Amazon.ca First Novel Award.
"Malarky is a bold first novel from an author whose prose hums with electric
wit and linguistic daring," says Stuart Woods. "The novel traverses darkly
comic territory with intelligence and poise, relating the story of an unnamed
narrator whose resilience in the face of life's disappointments will stay with
readers long after the verbal pyrotechnics have dissipated. Anakana Schofield
is a true original, and her novel is a delight."
For more information about the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, please go to
www.amazon.ca/firstnovelaward. Amazon.ca is accepting submissions for the 2013
First Novel Award until November 1, 2013.
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