2023 Amazon Canada First Novel Award
Jasmine Sealy, author of The Island of Forgetting (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd), is the winner of the forty-seventh annual Amazon Canada First Novel Award
How does memory become myth? How do lies become family lore? How do we escape the trauma of the past when the truth has been forgotten? The Island of Forgetting is an intimate saga spanning four generations of one family who run a beachfront hotel. Loosely inspired by Greek mythology, this is a novel about the echo of deep—and sometimes tragic—love and the ways a family’s past can haunt its future.
Sealy’s book was chosen from a shortlist of six works that also included the following novels:
- A Minor Chorus , Billy-Ray Belcourt (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
- In The City Of Pigs, André Forget (Dundurn Press Ltd/Rare Machines)
- Bad Cree, Jessica Johns (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- Hollow Bamboo, William Ping (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
- In the Upper Country, Kai Thomas, (Viking Canada)
Sealy received a $60,000 cash prize and each shortlisted novelist received a $6,000 cash prize.
All of the shortlisted novels are available in print and Kindle editions on amazon.ca. A Minor Chorus, Bad Cree, Hollow Bamboo, and In the Upper Country are also available as audiobooks through audible.ca.
The 2023 Adult First Novel Category Shortlist
-Kim Fu, 2023 Adult First Novel category judge
The Shortlisted Authors
▶️ [WATCH] Five Questions for Billy-Ray Belcourt
▶️ [WATCH] Five Questions for André Forget
▶️ [WATCH] Five Questions for Jessica Johns
▶️ [WATCH] Five Questions for William Ping
▶️ [WATCH] Five Questions for Jasmine Sealy
▶️ [WATCH] Five Questions for Kai Thomas
Danica Popovic is Danica Popovic is a seventeen-year-old writer from Calgary. She enjoys reading in her spare time, especially psychological fiction and classic literature written by women.
Danica received a $5,000 cash prize and her short story will be published on The Walrus website later this year. Each of the five finalists received $500 in prize money.
The 2023 Youth Short Story Category Shortlist
-Sharon Bala, 2023 Youth Short Story category judge
2023 Youth Author Special Guest Speaker
The guest speaker is chosen each year based on the preferences of the Youth Short Story category applicants when, during the submission phase, they are asked to name their favourite Canadian novel. This year, the youth applicants have chosen the renowned author, Michelle Good to address them, and to present the award at the ceremony.
2023 Judging Panel