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Kim Fu, Plum Johnson among those shortlisted for inaugural Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Plum Johnson (photo: Carter Johnson)

Plum Johnson (photo: Carter Johnson)

Kobo has announced the shortlists for its $10,000 Emerging Writer Prize, launched earlier this year, which recognizes excellent debut titles published the year prior and available on the digital platform.

A team of Kobo booksellers took into account book completion rates, ratings, and reviews, and selected the following finalists from more than 140 traditionally published and self-published entries:

Non-fiction, judged by 2014 Charles Taylor Prize–shortlisted author Charlotte Gray

  • Robyn Doolittle, Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story (Penguin Canada)
  • Plum Johnson, They Left Us Everything: A Memoir (Penguin Canada)
  • Maria Mutch, Know the Night: A Memoir of Survival in the Small Hours (Knopf Canada)
  • Zarqa Nawaz, Laughing All the Way to the Mosque (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Brent Rathgeber, Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada (Dundurn Press)

Literary Fiction, judged by 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Miriam Toews

Genre Fiction (Mystery), judged by Ava Lee series author Ian Hamilton

  • Janet Brons, A Quiet Kill: A Forsyth and Hay Mystery (Touchwood Editions)
  • Steve Burrows, A Siege of Bitterns: A Birder Murder Mystery (Dundurn)
  • John Jantunen, Cipher (ECW Press)
  • Jack Soren, The Monarch: A Thriller (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Sam Wiebe, Last of the Independents: Vancouver Noir (Dundurn)

Along with the cash prize, each recipient will receive support and mentorship to promote and market their work. The winners will be announced July 7.