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Harry Karlinsky’s Darwin novel longlisted for Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Vancouver psychiatrist Harry Karlinsky’s debut novel, The Evolution of Inanimate Objects, has been nominated for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize longlist.

The annual £25,000 prize is awarded to any book published in the U.K. that celebrates medicine in literature.

Published in Canada by Insomniac Press and in the U.K. by HarperCollins, Karlinsky’s fictitious biography of a man who may be a little-known relative of Charles Darwin is the only Canadian book on the 14-title longlist. The subject may have caught the attention of poet Ruth Padel, one of five judges at this year’s competition, who is the real-life great-great-granddaughter of the evolutionary biologist.

The Wellcome Trust Book Prize shortlist will be selected Oct. 11 and the winner announced in London on Nov. 7.