As of this year, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award will be co-presented by Quill & Quire. The six nominees – selected by Q&Q’s editor, Stuart Woods – were announced this morning. The shortlisted books are:
· No Place Strange by Diana Fitzgerald Bryden (Key Porter Books)
· Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant (Knopf Canada)
· The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (Random House Canada)
· Goya’s Dog by Damian Tarnopolsky (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
· Diary of Interrupted Days by Dragan Todorovic (Random House Canada)
· Daniel O’Thunder by Ian Weir (Douglas & McIntyre)
The judges for the 2010 award are Joseph Boyden, Priscila Uppal, and Hal Wake, the artistic director of the Vancouver International Writers Festival. The winner will receive $7,500, presented at the annual Amazon.ca First Novel Award celebration this April in Toronto. All finalists will receive a $750 gift certificate for Amazon.ca.