Saturday 21 September 2013

2013 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature finalists announced

Last year CODE, a Canadian charitable organization that supports literacy and learning, teamed up with William (Bill) Burt and the Literary Prizes Foundation to create the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.  This literary award recognizes excellence in English-language literary works for Young Adults by First Nations, Métis and Inuit authors with the aim of improving the access of young adults to books that are meaningful to them and engage them. 

The Assembly of First Nations, the Métis National Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Association of Friendship Centres, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the Canada Council for the Arts are responsible for administering the jury process.

On October 2, 2013, at a gala hosted by Shelagh Rogers and Waubgeshig Rice, the Award for three works will be announced, with a First Prize of $12,000, a Second Prize of $8,000 and a Third Prize of $5,000 also given.

The five finalists are:

As Long as the Rivers Flow
Written by James Bartleman
Random House of Canada

Free Throw
Written by Jacqueline Guest
James Lorimer & Company

Shadows Cast by Stars
Written by Catherine Knutsson
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

As I Remember It
Written by Tara Lee Morin
Theytus Books 
Indian Horse
Written by Richard Wagamese
Douglas & McIntyre

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