The shortlist for the Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards is out and soon-to-be-Guernica-author Caroline Vu made the list for the Best First Book Award. Her first book, Palawan Story (published by Deux Voiliers), is up for the award.
Although Caroline Vu’s debut novel is being described as this year’s biggest underdog story, it is a strong contender with its gripping narrative and captivating writing.
Palawan Story follows the journey of Kim Nguyen, a young girl whose mother put her on a crowded fishing boat so that she could escape the Vietnam War. After a harrowing journey across the sea, Kim arrives at a refugee camp in the Philippines, where she is sent to the United States for adoption in a case of mistaken identity. Her story continues as Kim, now an adult, returns to Palawan to piece together the missing parts of her journey and family.
Caroline Vu is a family doctor, and has also published several articles and stories in the Tico Times, Geneva Times, Medical Post, Doctor’s Review, Toronto Star, and The Gazette. She was born in Vietnam and her childhood was spent in Saigon during the peak years of the Vietnam War, before leaving Vietnam for the United States and then eventually moving to Canada. Her second book, That Summer in Provincetown, is scheduled for publication by Guernica Editions.
The Quebec Writers’ Federation Awards will take place on Tuesday, November 18th at the Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre (2490 Notre Dame St. W). There will be a cocktail dinatoire at 6:30 p.m., with the award ceremony starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for the gala are $50 for the gala and cocktail dinatoire ($40 for full-time students), and $20 for the ceremony only ($10 for full-time students). For more information call 514-933-0878. This year’s Gala honours “Great Women of Words” Maya Angelou, Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro.
To read the full article, you can visit The Gazette website at: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/Sean+Michaels+emerges+double+finalist/10291231/story.html
For the full shortlist, you can visit the QWF website at: http://www.qwf.org/pdf/Shortlist_for_QWF_Prizes_2014.pdf