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Wayne Grady wins the First Novel Award

Author Wayne Grady at the King Edward Hotel in Toronto.

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Wayne Grady has won the First Novel Award in recognition of his debut novel, Emancipation Day. The prize was awarded in Toronto on Wednesday.

Grady, an esteemed non-fiction writer and translator, receives $7,500. His book was selected from a shortlist that also included Kenneth Bonert (The Lion Seeker), Krista Bridge (The Eliot Girls), Susan Downe (Juanita Wildrose: My True Life) and D.W. Wilson (Ballistics). The finalists were awarded $750 gift certificates to The shortlist was selected by Stuart Woods, the editor of Quill and Quire magazine; Grady's book was chosen from that shortlist by a jury consisting of authors Kamal Al-Solaylee, Angie Abdou and and Brian Francis.

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