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Monique Gray Smith wins Burt Award for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Literature

tillyVictoria author Monique Gray Smith has won CODE’s Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature for her YA novel Tilly, a Story of Hope and Resilience (Sono Nis Press). The $12,000 award, which recognizes “outstanding literary works for young adults written by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors,” was presented Sept. 27 at a gala in Winnipeg.

Thomas King took home second prize ($8,000) for The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Doubleday Canada), and third place ($5,000) went to Bev Sellars for They Called Me Number One (Talonbooks.)

A minimum of 2,500 copies of each title will be delivered to community libraries, schools, friendship centres, and literacy camps.