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“Next Year, For Sure” Longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Congratulations to Zoey Leigh Peterson! The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced that Next Year, For Sure has been longlisted for this year’s prize. The shortlist will be announced on Monday, October 2.

Deborah Campbell’s “A Disappearance in Damascus” Wins Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize

Congratulations to Deborah Campbell! The West Coast Book Prize Society has just announced the winners of the 2017 BC Book Prizes, and A Disappearance in Damascus has won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize!

The New York Times Reviews “American War” by Omar El Akkad

The New York Times reviews Omar El Akkad‘s debut novel American Warcalling it “a surprisingly powerful novel — one that creates as haunting a postapocalyptic universe as Cormac McCarthy did in ‘The Road,’ and as devastating a look at the fallout that national events have on an American family as Philip Roth did in ‘The Plot Against America.'”

Read the full review!

A Disappearance in Damascus longlisted for The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

Great award news for Deborah Campbell and Knopf Canada!

A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell has been longlisted for The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction!

The British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction was launched in 2005 to honour Canada’s finest writers of non-fiction and to celebrate a genre that stimulates our national conversation and shares knowledge about the complex world in which we live. The shortlist will be announced on December 1st. The winner will receive $40,000while the remaining finalists will each receive $5,000.

A Disappearance in Damascus

Knopf Canada

Editor: Louise Dennys

Deborah Campbell wins Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust non-fiction prize

Congratulations to Deborah Campbell! A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War took home the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust prize for non-fiction.


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