Writer Diane War­ren wins GG fic­tion award for “Cool Wa­ter”

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Swift Cur­rent na­tive Dianne War­ren is the un­ex­pected re­cip­i­ent of the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s Lit­er­ary Award for fic­tion for her first novel, Cool Wa­ter, pub­lished by HarperColl­ins Canada. The book was also longlisted for the Sco­tia­bank Giller Prize.

War­ren has writ­ten three short story col­lec­tions and sev­eral plays, but wanted to wait to pub­lish her first novel un­til she had gained the kind of per­spec­tive that only time can bring.

“If I had pub­lished

it ear­lier, it wouldn’t have had the lay­ers that it has now, and I think I was able to add that through work­ing on it over time.”

The novel is set in the fic­tional town of Juliet, nes­tled along the Great Sand­hills, where War­ren con­jures en­dur­ing char­ac­ters and spins a tale that bridges a cen­tury in the span of one day.

“ The novel came to be about change,” War­ren wrote of her book. “It’s not in­tended to be a eu­logy to my an­ces­tors or a lament for a way of life. I hope it’s a re­al­is­tic ex­am­i­na­tion of a place that I know and love.”

The Award’s fic­tion jury de­scribed War­ren’s book as “nar­ra­tive [that] flows seam­lessly from char­ac­ter to char­ac­ter, all stun­ningly de­picted,” and writer Kather­ine Govier said “the prose is an­i­mated with the skill of a writer who loves the peo­ple for their stub­born per­sis­tence.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.