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“No Safeguards” Selected as a Finalist for Quebec Writers’ Federation Fiction Prize!

nosafeguardsThe Quebec Writers’ Federation recently announced the finalists for the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and H. Nigel ThomasNo Safeguards was selected!

Thomas’ book was selected along with Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill and Boo by Neil Smith. The Quebec Writers’ Federation provides community support for the promotion and encouragement of English language literary arts within the province, recognizes the achievements of Quebec’s English language writers through annual literary awards, organizes activities for promoting public awareness of Quebec’s literary arts and institutions, and applies for grants to further these purposes.

No Safeguards is the first in a trilogy of novels focusing on Jay and his brother Paul from childhood to young adulthood. The book deals with the impact of fundamentalist Christianity on their family, the ways that this becomes even more poignant when they leave their grandmother’s home in St. Vincent to join their mother in Montreal, and the further oppression that the brothers encounter when it is revealed that they are gay.

Nigel Thomas was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and has been living in Montreal since 1986. He has written three other novels, Spirits in the Dark, Behind the Face of Winter, and Return to Arcadia, along with three collections of short stories, How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow, Lives: Whole and Otherwise (translated into French as Des vies cassées), and When the Bottom Falls Out and Other Stories. He has also written a collection of poems, Moving through Darkness, and two scholarly texts.

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