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Thomas King and Caitlin Sweet win Sunburst Society’s Copper Cylinder Awards

Thomas King

Thomas King

The Sunburst Award Society has named authors Thomas King and Caitlin Sweet the winners of its fourth annual Copper Cylinder Award.

King, a First Nations activist, novelist, and University of Guelph professor, was presented the award for The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Canada), his 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award–winning novel about a scientist who returns to the reserve where his mother grew up to help with an environmental crisis caused by his company.

Sweet, a Toronto–based fantasy writer, was honoured for The Door in the Mountain (ChiZine Publications), her young adult novel that follows a young princess and her family in the mythical world of ancient Crete.

The Copper Cylinder Award is voted on by Sunburst Society members. Winners will receive a handcrafted copper cylinder trophy, named for the first Canadian science-fiction romance novel, James De Mille’s A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder.