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Kim Thuy shortlisted for First Novel Award

Montreal author and Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Kim Thúy has been named a finalist for the 2012 First Novel Award.

Thúy’s debut novel, Ru, was first published in 2009 by Quebec’s Libre Expression, winning the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-language fiction. In 2012, Random House Canada published the English-language version, translated by Sheila Fischman, as part of its New Face of Fiction program.

Chosen by Q&Q editor Stuart Woods, the five First Novel Award nominees are:

  • Y, Marjorie Celona (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
  • The Rest Is Silence, Scott Fotheringham (Goose Lane Editions)
  • People Park, Pasha Malla (House of Anansi Press)
  • Malarky, Anakana Schofield (Biblioasis)
  • Ru, Kim Thúy; Sheila Fischman, trans. (Vintage Canada)
The winner, who receives $7,500, will be selected by a separate jury. The announcement will take place April 24 at an event in Toronto.

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