Press release and Books In Canada Announce 2001 First Novel Award Winner: Michael Redhill For Martin Sloane

October 1, 2002 at 12:00 AM EDT

Announcement marks 25th anniversary of the in Canada First Novel Award

TORONTO – October 1, 2002 – and Books in Canada today presented the 2001 First Novel Award and a cheque for $7,500.00 CDN to this year's winner, Michael Redhill, author of Martin Sloane, at a ceremony held in Toronto. Redhill was chosen from a group of six finalists, all of whom had their first novels published in the year 2001. 

The First Novel Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by first-time Canadian novelists, has served as a springboard for the careers of many of Canada's most renowned authors. Previous winners include Michael Ondaatje, Joan Barfoot, Joy Kogawa, Nino Ricci, and Deborah Joy Corey. 

A poet and award-winning playwright, Michael Redhill navigates the mysteries of love and art in his exquisite first novel, Martin Sloane. The book, destined to become a Canadian classic, is published by Doubleday Canada and is available at (

Other finalists in this year's program included Dennis Bock for The Ash Garden (HarperFlamingo Canada), Michael Crummey for River Thieves (Doubleday Canada), Marina Endicott for Open Arms (Douglas & McIntyre), Linda Little for Strong Hollow (Goose Lane Editions), and Elizabeth Ruth for Ten Good Seconds of Silence (Dundurn).

“The novels selected for the 2001 First Novel Award shortlist are world-class,” said W.P. Kinsella, preliminary judge for the 2001 First Novel Award and 1982 First Novel Award winner for Shoeless Joe, which was later adapted into the Hollywood movie Field of Dreams. “These are the types of stories whose memorable characters and happenings will awaken you in the night six months after reading.” 

The other judges for the 2001 award were: Daniel Richler, bestselling author and Editor-in-Chief of BookTelevision; Terry Rigelhof, author of seven books including a book of essays on writing in Canada; Eva Tihanyi, poet, professor of English at Niagara College, and freelance contributor to The Toronto Star and National Post; and Annabel Lyon, critically acclaimed author and journalist. 

“The First Novel Awards are rich with history and have been instrumental in launching the careers of some of today's most prominent writers,” said Marven Krug, general manager, “ is committed to promoting Canadian authors and artists. We are very grateful to be a part of the 25th anniversary celebration and provide a forum in which fans of Canadian literature everywhere can discover these authors and their works.” 

Books in Canada will be accepting submissions for the 2002 First Novel Award until December 31, 2002.

About Books in Canada
Books in Canada was launched in 1971 to promote Canadian literature and to offer a forum for Canadian writers. Over the course of the last 31 years, Books in Canada has played a signal role in fostering and developing an independent and rich Canadian literary life. The Books in Canada print archive of reviews, profiles, essays, interviews, features, photographs and caricatures represents the largest extant collection of such material on Canadian fiction. The publication has acted as both a beacon for Canada's emerging literary life and an organizing focus of intellectual talent. With the growing maturity and sophistication of the Canadian literary and intellectual scene, Books in Canada is refashioning itself to reach a larger audience of literate Canadians and to disseminate Canadian literature to an international audience. The challenge that we face at Books in Canada is to juxtapose the best Canadian writers with the best writers around the world. Our larger vision is to boldly promote Canada as a rich, multicultural, open, and prosperous society that can act as a model for countries and different people around the world. 

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