I'm incredibly pleased to announce that Niko has won the 2011 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, awarded by the Quebec Writers' Federation.
Here's what the Montreal Gazette had to say this morning:
Quebec Writers’ Federation: Nasrallah’s Niko wins this year’s fiction award
MONTREAL - The Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards were handed
out during a gala at the Lion d’Or, Tuesday and the winner of the
Paragraphe Hugh Maclennan Prize for Fiction is Dimitri Nasrallah for
Niko (Véhicule Press; Esplanade Books).
The novel tells the story
of Niko, a young boy who flees a bombed Beirut with his father Antoine.
Niko and Antoine become separated and both struggle to regain a sense
of identity in different foreign lands.
The jury described the
book as, “written in clear, direct, and startlingly lovely prose. Niko
is a gripping and deeply compassionate novel.”
Prizes were handed out in six categories. Each winner received a $2,000 cheque.
Yanofsky received the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction for Bad
Animals: A Father’s Accidental Education in Autism (Viking Canada) about
life with his autistic son Jonah.
Ann Scowcroft was awarded the
Concordia University First Book Prize for her collection of poems The
Truth of Houses (Brick Books).
Gabe Foreman won the A.M. Klein
Prize for Poetry for his debut collection of poems, A Complete
Encyclopedia of Different Types of People (Coach House Books).
Lederhendler received the Cole Foundation Prize for Translation for
Apocalypse for Beginners (Knopf Canada: Vintage Canada), the translation
of Nicholas Dickner’s Tarmac (Éditions Alto), a comedy about two
friends and an inherited fear of the apocalypse.
The QWF Prize for
Children’s and Young Adult Literature went to Alan Silberberg for Milo:
Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze (Simon & Schuster). The illustrated
novel is about a boy moving forward following his mother’s death.
well, the QWF Community Award was presented to poet and playwright
Endre Farkas for his dedication to promoting English-language arts.