July 13, 2020

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Stéphane Larue wins $60K Amazon Initially Novel Award for The Dishwasher

Stéphane Larue wins $60K Amazon First Novel Award for The Dishwasher

Quebec writer Stéphane Larue has received the Amazon To start with Novel Award for The Dishwasher.

The Dishwasher, which was initially printed in French in 2016, was translated by Pablo Strauss.

The $60,000 prize, established in 1976, honours the ideal 1st novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.

Larue had the the very least glamorous job at a cafe — a dishwasher. But it gave him an inside glance at the really hard-living figures performing in frenetic, worry-crammed kitchens. He turned all those encounters into The Dishwasher, which takes the reader into the demi-monde of cafe kitchens. 

The French version of the guide, Le Plongeur, won the Prix des libraires du Québec and the Prix Senghor and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for French-language fiction.

Stephane Larue had the least glamourous occupation at a restaurant: a dishwasher. But it gave him an inside of appear at the tricky-dwelling figures operating in frenetic, pressure-filled kitchens. He turned all those ordeals into a novel, The Dishwasher, that takes the reader into the demi-monde of cafe kitchens. It became a sensation and a big award-winner in Quebec and has just been translated into English. 20:52

The in-person awards ceremony was cancelled thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five remaining finalists every single obtain $6,000. They were being:

This year’s jury was comprised of Liz Harmer, Shani Mootoo and Anakana Schofield.

The winner of the youth small tale class is 17-year-old Cate Freeborn for her story 74 % of the Victims of Nonfamily Abductions are Women.  

She will acquire $5,000 and an opportunity to workshop their crafting with editors from the Walrus.

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The juror for the youth short story group was Chelene Knight.

Casey Plett won the 2019 Amazon Very first Novel Award for Small Fish.

Other past winners involve Michael Ondaatje, Joy Kogawa, W. P. Kinsella and André Alexis.