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Jessica Grant and Annabel Lyon nominated for Amazon.ca First Novel Award

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.

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Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

Tea and snacks inspired by Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Rimma Burashko with author Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak talks to the audience about the best and worst of Catherine the Great's favourites

Eva Stachniak smiles as she signs a copy of Empress of the Night for a fan

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Lesley Strutt, Dean Steadman, Amanda Earl, Alastair Larwill and Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle, Dean Steadman, Lesley Strutt and Alastair Larwill

Amanda Earl

Jewel of the Thames launch

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