Sep 21, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Kerry Lee Powell could walk away with a pair of literary prizes this fall – after being named as a finalist for the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

The Moncton, New Brunswick-based author is being honoured for her short-story collection Willem De Kooning’s Paintbrush (Harper Avenue, an imprint of HarperCollins).

The Montreal-born author’s work was recently longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Michael Helm of Dundas, Ontario is listed for After James (McClelland & Stewart) – while Vancouver novelist Anosh Irani was nominated for The Parcel (Knopf Canada).

Completing the list of finalists are Victoria’s Yasuko Thanh for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains (Hamish Hamilton) and Winnipeg’s Katherena Vermette for The Break (House of Anansi Press).

A jury composed of writers Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson and Pasha Malla read 135 books – from 55 publishers.

Each finalist will receive $2,500 – and this year’s prize winner will be announced during a ceremony at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio on November 2nd.

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