Writers’ Trust Presents Award for Emerging Writers from LGBT Community

Dayne Ogilvie Prize Announced During World Pride in Toronto

from the Writers’ Trust of Canada

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Toronto, ON – June 23, 2014 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced this evening that Tamai Kobayashi has won the 8th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. Two additional honours were given to Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore.

The $4,000 prize is given annually to an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer whose published work demonstrates great literary promise. The winner was announced at an event hosted by activist and NOW magazine editor Susan G. Cole at the NOW Lounge in Toronto.

Born in Japan, raised in Canada, Tamai Kobayashi is a writer and screenwriter. She is the author of two story collections, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic. Her vivid, electric prose has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Her first novel, Prairie Ostrich, published by Goose Lane Editions in March 2014, is the story of coming out and coming of age in a sleepy rural town. Tamai lives in Toronto.

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2014 CAA Literary Awards Revealed

From the Canadian Authors Association June 21, 2014 – Tonight the Canadian Authors Association (CAA) continued its long-held tradition of writers honouring writers and announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards competition during the CanWrite! Conference and Retreat in Orillia, Ontario. Joseph Boyden was awarded the CAA Fiction Award for The Orenda (Penguin Group … Read more

OLA Announces 2014 Forest of Reading® Golden Oak™ Award

Canadian readers choose the best in Canadian fiction and non-fiction from the Ontario Library Association   TORONTO, ON (June 5, 2014) – After weeks of voting, Ontarians have decided: The Stamp Collector by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by François Thisdale, has won the 2014 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award. “My heart is so full right now I can hardly type these words,” … Read more