Books in Canada First Novel Award


Books in Canada First Novel Award

The Books in Canada First Novel Award is a literary award given annually to the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada. It has been awarded since 1976.

The Books in Canada First Novel Award has a tumultuous history. It was founded by the literary magazine Books in Canada but when money ran short the award was managed by Smithbooks and became the "Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award". When Smithbooks was acquired by Chapters Books Inc., it became the "Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award". In 1999 the magazine decided to end its affiliation with Chapters. It is now officially the "Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award".

Contents

Winners and nominees

1976

The 1976 award was a tie.

1977

1978

  • Joan Barfoot, Abra
  • Michael Dorland, The Double-Cross Circuit
  • Clive Doucet, Disneyland, Please
  • Margaret Drury Gane, Parade on an Empty Street
  • Kevin Major, Hold Fast
  • Frank Paci, The Italians

1979

  • Clark Blaise, Lunar Attractions
  • Victoria Branden, Mrs. Job
  • Stan Dragland, Peckertracks
  • Florence Evans, A Man Without Passion
  • Shirley Faessler, Everything in the Window
  • Katherine Govier, Random Descent
  • Betty Lambert, Crossings

1980

1981

1982

  • W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe
  • Lorris Elliott, Coming for to Carry
  • Nessa Rapoport, Preparing for Sabbath
  • Geraldine Rahmani, Blue
  • Ann Rosenberg, The Bee Book

1983

  • Heather Robertson, Willie: A Romance
  • Robert G. Collins, Tolerable Levels of Violence
  • Susan Swan, The Biggest Modern Woman in the World
  • George Szanto, Not Working
  • Wayne Tefs, Figures on a Wharf

1984

  • Geoffrey Ursell, Perdue, or How the West Was Lost
  • Sharon Butala, Country of the Heart
  • Douglas Glover, Precious
  • John Gray, Dazzled
  • Sara Stambaugh, I Hear the Reaper's Song
  • Armin Wiebe, The Salvation of Yasch Siemens

1985

  • Wayne Johnston, The Story of Bobby O'Malley
  • Susan Charlotte Haley, A Nest of Singing Birds
  • Ann Ireland, A Certain Mr. Takahashi
  • Frank Jones, Master and Maid
  • Robert Walshe, Wales' Work

1986

  • Karen Lawrence, The Life of Helen Alone
  • Jo Anne Williams Bennett, Downfall People
  • Marc Diamond, Momentum
  • David Gilmour, Back on Tuesday
  • Paulette Jiles, The Late Great Human Road Show

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

The 1999 award was a tie.

2000

  • Eva Stachniak, Necessary Lies
  • Steven Galloway, Finnie Walsh
  • Scott Gardiner, The Dominion of Wyley McFadden
  • Susan Juby, Alice, I Think
  • Lydia Kwa, This Place Called Absence

2001

2002

2003

2004

  • Colin McAdam, Some Great Thing
  • David Elias, Sunday Afternoon
  • Ibi Kaslik, Skinny
  • Arthur Motyer, What's Remembered
  • Catherine Safer, Bishop's Road

2005

  • Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road
  • Howard Akler, The City Man
  • Brenda Brooks, Gotta Find Me an Angel
  • Anne Giardini, The Sad Truth About Happiness
  • Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, The Nettle Spinner
  • B. Glen Rotchin, The Rent Collector

2006

2007

  • Gil Adamson, The Outlander
  • David Chariandy, Soucouyant
  • Kyo Maclear, The Letter Opener
  • C.S. Richardson, The End of the Alphabet
  • Brian Tucker, Big White Knuckles
  • Andrew Wedderburn, The Milk Chicken Bomb

2008

2009

  • Jessica Grant, Come, Thou Tortoise
  • Diana Fitzgerald Bryden, No Place Strange
  • Annabel Lyon, The Golden Mean
  • Damian Tarnopolsky, Goya's Dog
  • Dragan Todorović, Diary of Interrupted Days
  • Ian Weir, Daniel O'Thunder

2010

   Eleanor Catton – The Rehearsal

Also shortlisted:

   Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall – Ghosted
   Miguel Syjuco – Ilustrado
   Kathleen Winter – Annabel
   Dianne Warren – Cool Water

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