Warren Wins Governor General’s Literary Award

Dianne Warren has won Canada's Governor General’s Literary Award for her debut novel Cool Water. The $25,000 prize was announced Tuesday November 16.  
From the product description: Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-of-an-eye kind of town--the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people--and it's easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets. Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century-old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead.
But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling who now owns the farm his adoptive family left him; the pregnant teenager and her mother, planning a fairytale wedding; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a camel named Antoinette; and the ubiquitous wind and sand that forever shift the landscape. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life.
Other titles/authors on the shortlist included: 

  • To note, Amazon.ca is temporarily out of stock, which probably speaks to a lower print run. The title doesn't currently have a U.S. publisher, nor could I find plans to release the title in the U.S. Used copies can be found on AbeBooks, Alibris, and Amazon for between $17 - $27 (U.S.)

  • Cool Water, Dianne Warren
  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • Retail Price: CDN$29.99
  • Average listing: US$27

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