Bezmozgis wins Amazon First Novel Award
TORONTO — Toronto author David Bezmozgis is the winner of this year’s First Novel Award from Amazon.ca.
Bezmozgis claimed the prize for his Harpercollins Canada book The Free World, about three generations of Russian Jews who seek new lives in the West. The prize comes with a cheque for $7,500. It was awarded Thursday in Toronto.
The Free World was also a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Amazon’s First Novel Award recognizes outstanding achievement by first-time Canadian novelists. Bezmozgis beat out finalists Fraser Nixon for The Man Who Killed (Douglas & Mcintyre), Sina Queyras for Autobiography of Childhood (Coach House Books), Olive Senior for Dancing Lessons (Cormorant Books) and Alexi Zentner for Touch (Knopf Canada). WASHINGTON — A live recording of Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet for one of the last times is being released to the public for the first time.
The recording is being played Friday at the National Press Club in Washington where it was created in January 1971. Armstrong was a featured performer celebrating the inauguration of fellow Louisiana native Vernon Louviere as president of the club.
The performance was a comeback of sorts. Armstrong had been in poor health and didn’t play for much of 1970. But he felt strong enough to play in Washington and surprised the crowd with tunes like Hello Dolly. Armstrong died later that year. Smithsonian Folkway Recordings is releasing Armstrong’s music on CD and digital download after collaborating with the press club and the Louis Armstrong Foundation .— The Associated Press