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Rawi Hage among winners at Quebec literary awards

The Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards gala was held on Tuesday  in Montreal.

Rawi Hage won the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for his novel Carnival (House of Anansi Press). Hage previously won the $2,000 prize for De Niro’s Game  in 2006 and Cockroach in 2008.

Taras Grescoe was awarded the $2,000 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile (HarpersCollins Canada). Grescoe, like Hage, has now been honoured with the prize three times: in 2008 for Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, and in 2000 for Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec.

Oana Avasilichioaei won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for We, Beasts (Wolsak and Wynn). The QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature went to Catherine Austen for 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (James Lorimer & Company). The Concordia University First Book Prize went to Alice Petersen for All the Voices Cry (Biblioasis).

The Prix de Traduction Fondation Cole, for a French translation of an English novel, was awarded to Éric Fontaine for T’es con, point (Les Éditions Stanké), a translation of Doug Harris’s YOU comma Idiot (Goose Lane Editions).

The literary awards totalling $12,000 were distributed by the QWF, an organization that works to ensure a place for English-language literature in Quebec culture.