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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2018 6:52 pm PDT Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Michael Kaan wins $40,000 First Novel Award for ‘The Water Beetles’ TORONTO – Winnipeg writer Michael Kaan has won the 2018 First Novel Award for “The Water Beetles,” and with it a $40,000 prize.“The Water Beetles,” loosely based on the diaries of Kann’s own father, tells story of a family as they look to survive the 1941 Japanese invasion of Hong Kong.The story is told through the perspective of a child who escapes to the countryside with his siblings to avoid the Japanese.Published by Goose Lane Editions, “The Water Beetles” was also a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.Kaan’s book was chosen from a shortlist of six, which included “The Boat People” by Sharon Bala (McClelland & Stewart), “The Bone Mother” by David Demchuk (ChiZine Publications), “American War” by Omar El Akkad (McClelland & Stewart), “The Black Peacock” by Rachel Manley (Cormorant Books), and “Dazzle Patterns” by Alison Watt (Freehand Books).Now in its 42nd year, the First Novel Award has a lengthy history of beginning the careers of notable Canadian novelists, and past winners include Michael Ondaatje, W.P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, David Bezmozgis, Andre Alexis and Madeleine Thien.The prize is co-presented by Amazon and the Walrus Foundation.This year’s panel of judges was composed of writers Irene Gammel, Dimitri Nasrallah and Donna Bailey Nurse.Note to readers: CORRECTS list of shortlisted authors in para 5 to include Alison Watt.last_img

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