Amazon.ca Announces the 2012 Amazon.ca First Novel Award Winner: Anakana Schofield for Malarky

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 
Alexis. 
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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