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Caitlin Author Named Finalist for Prestigious Literary Award

Posted: Monday, May 11, 2009

Caitlin author Betsy Trumpener has been named a finalist for the prestigious Danuta Gleed Literary Award for short fiction. The $10,000 prize will be awarded to a Canadian writer for the best first collection of published short fiction in the English language. The award also carries second and third prizes in the amount of $500 each.

Betsy Trumpener’s nominated collection is The Butcher of Penetang. Situating her stories from northern BC to rural Ontario to countries at war, Trumpener carves up rare, savoury slices of stories that are both tough and enticing: a child goes missing in a dangerous part of town; a draft dodger finds himself with bloody hands; and a robber is armed with only a hairbrush. The people in these edgy stories cut cocaine into comfort food, push sex into the snow, and chase speeding ambulances in the dead of winter. Writer Susan Musgrave calls the debut “exquisitely crafted glimpses into the beauty of our fragile human lives.”

Betsy Trumpener is an award-winning CBC News reporter and radio documentary producer. Her non-fiction and fiction have been published in numerous publications, including the Guardian, the Globe and Mail and This Magazine. She was the first annual Writer in Residence for the CBC arts show, North by Northwest, and she has been awarded a Western Magazine Award for her magazine column, “North of Unreal,” a Jack Webster Award for Best Radio Feature, and a Jack Webster Africa Journalism Fellowship.

The other four nominated authors are Halifax author Ian Colford for Evidence (Porcupine’s Quill), Toronto writer Pasha Malla for The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi Press), Hamilton-born Rebecca Rosenblum for Once (Biblioasis) and Ottawa-born Ahmad Saidullah for Happiness and other Disorders (Key Porter Books). The winners will be announced in Calgary, Alberta on May 23, 2009, during the Alberta Literary Awards.