Award no­mi­na­tion for Ver­dun wri­ter

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BOOKS. Kath­leen Win­ter will be one of th­ree au­thors short­lis­ted by the Que­bec Wri­ters’ Fe­de­ra­tion for the Pa­ra­graphe Hugh Ma­clen­nan Prize for Fic­tion at the Que­bec Li­te­ra­ry Awards. The Ver­dun-ba­sed wri­ter’s book, Lost in Sep­tem­ber, tells the sto­ry of a ho­me­less ve­te­ran wan­de­ring the streets of Mon­treal and Que­bec Ci­ty while the mind of the ico­nic Ge­ne­ral James Wolfe has so­me­how joi­ned him.

«I’ve writ­ten since I lear­ned to read at age 4. Be­fore that, I guess I was todd­ling around ca­re­ful­ly ob­ser­ving life,» ex­plains Win­ter. Wri­ting runs in her blood, as bro­ther, Mi­chael Win­ter is the au­thor of five no­vels and th­ree col­lec­tions of short sto­ries him­self.

Th­rilled to be no­mi­na­ted, Kath­leen Win­ter is loo­king for­ward to the Que­bec Li­te­ra­ry Awards, which ho­nor En­glish-lan­guage wri­ting in the pro­vince. They will be pre­sen­ted at a ga­la at the Lion d’or on On­ta­rio Street on No­vem­ber 21, the day af­ter the clo­sing of Mon­treal’s Sa­lon du livre.

Win­ter be­gan her ca­reer as a script wri­ter for Se­same Street and jour­na­list. No stran­ger to awards, her de­but short sto­ry col­lec­tion boys was pu­bli­shed in 2007 and won two awards. Her 2010 no­vel An­na­bel was a short­lis­ted no­mi­nee for the Sco­tia­bank Giller Prize and the 2010 Go­ver­nor Ge­ne­ral’s Awards, among other awards. Her other works have col­lec­ted awards as well, and her pro­wess was re­co­gni­zed when as­ked to be a mem­ber of the ju­ry for the 2016 Sco­tia­bank Giller Prize.

WRI­TING ABOUT THE WORLD

Win­ter’s wri­ting is ins­pi­red by the in­ter­es­ting ad­ven­tures she has ex­pe­rien­ced and a taste for his­to­ry. Through her tra­vels, she has vi­si­ted ship­wrecks, bat­tle­fields and haun­ted castles.

«Wri­ting these books has ta­ken me to thril­ling places. I ba­sed Lost in Sep­tem­ber on over 230 let­ters Ge­ne­ral Wolfe wrote to his mo­ther from the time he be­came a child sol­dier un­til just be­fore his death in 1759 on the Plains of Abra­ham,» Win­ter says.

Spon­so­red by the Pa­ra­graphe Books­tore, Win­ter’s com­pe­ti­tion for the Hugh Ma­clen­nan Prize are Hea­ther O’neill for The Lo­ne­ly Hearts Ho­tel, and Co­ra Si­ré for Be­hold Things Beau­ti­ful.

The Que­bec Li­te­ra­ry Awards are a ce­le­bra­tion of En­glish wri­ting and are pre­sen­ted by the Que­bec Wri­ters Fe­de­ra­tion, which is an arts pre­sen­ter and pro­fes­sio­nal and community edu­ca­tor, as well as a re­pre­sen­ta­tive for Que­bec’s En­glish-lan­guage wri­ters.

There are five prizes other than the Pa­ra­graphe Hugh Ma­clen­nan Prize with the six pres­ti­gious awards to­tal­ling $12,000 in prizes.

(Pho­to: Cour­te­sy Kath­leen Win­ter)

A Ver­dun au­thor is ho­ping to ce­le­brate her crea­tion at the Que­bec Li­te­ra­ry Awards on No­vem­ber 21.

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