Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

37th Amazon.ca First Novel Award

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2013 Malarky (Biblioasis) was awarded the Amazon.ca First Novel Award.

Citation:

“Malarky is a bold first novel from an author whose prose hums with electric wit and linguistic daring,” said Stuart Woods, head judge and editor of Quill & Quire magazine. “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.”

Here is a photo of me looking very pink on Canada AM talking to host Beverly Thomson, a mere few paces from the CTV weather forecaster. (Those who follow my blog will appreciate my weather obsession)

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You can read more about the award, event and other nominated authors: Pasha Malla, Scott Fotheringham, Majorie Celona and Kim Thuy in these media links:

Amazon.ca
The National Post
The Ottawa Citizen
CBC News
The Globe and Mail
The Toronto Star
Digital Journal
With Canadian Press material syndicated in:
The Victoria Times-Colonist
The Province
680 News Radio
The Winnipeg Free Press
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FROM THE MONTREAL GAZETTE:

“Glasses were raised among fiction lovers nationwide last week when Anakana Schofield’s sui generis debut Malarky was named winner of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. All temptation to say “I told you so” based on a rave review last summer and a year-end 10-best selection in a certain Montreal newspaper will be firmly resisted. The choice represents a triumph for both adventurous writing —Malarky’s Our Woman is about as unlike a standard Canadian fiction heroine as you could get—and for small literary publishers: Biblioasis has established itself with remarkable speed as a house of unerringly high standards. Congratulations all around.” Ian McGillis

FROM THE IRISH TIMES

Irish Times Malarky mention.