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