The three finalists include Betty Jane Hegerat for The Boy (Oolichan Books), Suzette Mayr for Monoceros (Coach House Books), and Cathy Ostlere for Karma (Puffin Canada).
|The 2012 W.O. Mitchell Book Prize will be presented at |
The Calgary Awards June 13, 2012
Monoceros is Suzette Mayr’s tragicomic novel about the after-effects of the suicide of a 17 year old high school student. A story about love, death, unicorns and Wonder Woman drag Queens, Monoceros is a study of grief and unexpected joy. Suzette is the author of four novels and was born and raised in Calgary. She teaches creative writing at the University of Calgary.
In Karma, Cathy Ostlere tells the story of fifteen-year-old Maya, a young Hindu/Sikh girl traveling to India from Canada in 1984 with the ashes of her mother. The country is in turmoil, Indira Ganhdi has been assassinated, Maya becomes separated from her father throwing her life into chaos. Cathy Ostlere was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and moved to Calgary in 1985. Karma is her first novel written for young adults.
The City of Calgary established the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize in honour of the late Calgary writer W.O. Mitchell to recognize literary achievement by Calgary authors. The $5000 prize is awarded each year for an outstanding book published in the award year. The 2010 recipient was Clem Martini and Olivier Martini for Bitter Medicine.
The winner of The City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize will be recognized at The Calgary Awards presentation on June 13, 2012. The Calgary Awards will be televised live on Shaw TV.