Amazon.ca First Novel Award

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Other Names: Books in Canada First Novel Award, Books in Canada First Novel Award Shortlist
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The Books in Canada First Novel Award is a literary award given annually to the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.

While founded and show more originally solely managed by the literary magazine Books in Canada, sponsorship changes throughout its history have renamed the award Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Currently, it is the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

For the sake of simplicity and organization, the original name has been kept.

The shortlist can be found here. show less
Stages:
All, Winner (45), Shortlist (169)
Years:
All, 2019 (6), 2018 (6), 2017 (5), 2016 (6), 2014 (5), 2013 (5), 2012 (5), 2011 (5), 2010 (5), 2009 (6), 2008 (6), 2007 (5), 2006 (6), 2005 (6), 2004 (5), 2003 (6), 2002 (6), 2001 (6), 2000 (5), 1999 (5), 1998 (4), 1997 (5), 1996 (5), 1995 (5), 1994 (5), 1993 (3), 1992 (5), 1991 (4), 1990 (6), 1989 (5), 1988 (6), 1987 (3), 1986 (4), 1985 (5), 1984 (5), 1983 (3), 1982 (2), 1981 (3), 1980 (5), 1979 (4), 1978 (4), 1977 (6), 1976 (7)

Winner 45

WorkYear
Little Fish by Casey Plett2019
The Water Beetles by Michael Kaan2018
The Break by Katherena Vermette2017
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad2016
All True Not a Lie in It: A Novel by Alix Hawley2014
Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady2013
Malarky by Anakana Schofield2012
The Free World by David Bezmozgis2011
The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton2010
Come, Thou Tortoise by Jessica Grant2009
Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas2008
The Outlander by Gil Adamson2007
Certainty by Madeleine Thien2006
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden2005
Some Great Thing by Colin McAdam2004
Black Bird by Michel Basilieres2003
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson2002
Martin Sloane by Michael Redhill2001
Necessary Lies by Eva Stachniak2000
Summer Gone by David Macfarlane1999
Before the Flood: The Biblical Flood as a Real Event and How It Changed the Course of Civilization by Ian Wilson1999
Childhood by André Alexis1998
Opium Dreams by Margaret Gibson1997
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels1996
Popular Anatomy by Keath Fraser1995
Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai1994
Losing Eddie by Deborah Joy Corey1993
The Afterlife of George Cartwright by John Steffler1992
Such a Long Journey by Rohinton Mistry1991
Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci1990
The Missing Child by Sandra Birdsell1989
A Man of Little Faith by Rick Salutin1988
The Butterfly Chair by Marion Quednau1987
The Life of Helen Alone by Karen Lawrence1986
The Story of Bobby O'Malley by Wayne Johnston1985
Perdue, or, How the west was lost : a novel by Geoffrey Ursell1984
Willie : A Romance: Volume 1 of the King Years (King Years, Vol 1) by Heather Robertson1983
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella1982
Obasan by Joy Kogawa1981
Gentle Sinners by W. D. Valgardson1980
Lunar Attractions by Clark Blaise1979
Gaining Ground by Joan Barfoot1978
Sandbars by Oonah Mcfee1977
The Seventh Hexagram by Ian McLachlan1976
Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje1976

Shortlist 169

WorkYear
The Amateurs by Liz Harmer2019
Searching for Terry Punchout by Tyler Hellard2019
Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq2019
Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead2019
Reproduction by Ian Williams2019
The Boat People by Sharon Bala2018
The Bone Mother by David Demchuk2018
American War by Omar El Akkad2018
The Black Peacock by Rachel Manley2018
Dazzle Patterns by Alison Watt2018
White Elephant by Catherine Cooper2017
Accordeon by Kaie Kellough2017
So Much Love by Rebecca Rosenblum2017
Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh2017
Book of Sands by Karim Alrawi2016
Do You Think This Is Strange?: A Novel by Aaron Cully Drake2016
Seep by W. Mark Giles2016
Backspring by Judith McCormack2016
The Afterlife of Birds by Elizabeth Philips2016
Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper2014
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels2014
New Tab by Guillaume Morissette2014
Pedal by Chelsea Rooney2014
The Lion Seeker by Kenneth Bonert2013
The Eliot Girls by Krista Bridge2013
Juanita Wildrose: My True Life by Susan Downe2013
Ballistics: A Novel by D.W. Wilson2013
Y by Marjorie Celona2012
The Rest is Silence by Scott Fotheringham2012
People Park by Pasha Malla2012
Ru by Kim Thúy2012
The Man Who Killed by Fraser Nixon2011
Autobiography of Childhood by Sina Queyras2011
Dancing Lessons by Olive Senior2011
Touch by Alexi Zentner2011
Ghosted by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall2010
Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco2010
A Reckless Moon by Dianne Warren2010
Annabel by Kathleen Winter2010
No Place Strange by Diana Fitzgerald Bryden2009
The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon2009
Goya's Dog by Damian Tarnopolsky2009
Diary of Interrupted Days by Dragan Todorovic2009
Daniel O'Thunder by Ian Weir2009
Chase and Haven by Michael Blouin2008
Soucouyant by David Chariandy2008
Stunt by Claudia Dey2008
Red Dog, Red Dog by Patrick Lane2008
The Boys in the Trees: A Novel by Mary Swan2008
The Letter Opener by Kyo Maclear2007
The End of the Alphabet by CS Richardson2007
Big White Knuckles by Brian Tucker2007
The Milk Chicken Bomb by Andrew Wedderburn2007
The Law of Dreams: A Novel by Peter Behrens2006
The Uninvited Guest by John Degen2006
Stolen by Annette LaPointe2006
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill2006
Empress of Asia: A Novel by Adam Lewis Schroeder2006
The City Man by Howard Akler2005
Gotta Find Me an Angel: A Novel by Brenda Brooks2005
The Sad Truth About Happiness by Anne Giardini2005
The Nettle Spinner by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer2005
The Rent Collector by B. Glen Rotchin2005
Sunday Afternoon by David Elias2004
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik2004
What's Remembered by Arthur Motyer2004
Bishop's Road by Catherine Safer2004
The Expedition by Clayton Bailey2003
The Island Walkers by John Bemrose2003
Kalyna's Song by Lisa Grekul2003
Blue Becomes You by Bettina von Kampen2003
Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel2003
Heave by Christy Ann Conlin2002
Stay by Aislinn Hunter2002
The Beautiful Dead End by Clint Hutzulak2002
Cumberland by Michael V. Smith2002
Spelling Mississippi by Marnie Woodrow2002
The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock2001
River Thieves by Michael Crummey2001
Open Arms by Marina Endicott2001
Strong Hollow by Linda Little2001
Ten Good Seconds of Silence: A novel by Elizabeth Ruth2001
Finnie Walsh by Steven Galloway2000
The Dominion of Wyley McFadden by Scott Gardiner2000
Alice, I Think by Susan Juby2000
This Place Called Absence by Lydia Kwa2000
Kit's Law by Donna Morrissey1999
Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask by Jim Munroe1999
A Fine Daughter by Catherine Simmons Niven1999
Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway1998
Beneath That Starry Place by Terry Jordan1998
The Electrical Field by Kerri Sakamoto1998
Elephant Winter by Kim Echlin1997
The Blood Libel by Allan Levine1997
Homer in Flight by Rabindranath Maharaj1997
Angel Falls by Tim Wynveen1997
The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz1996
Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald1996
Self by Yann Martel1996
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo1996
Highways and Dancehalls: A Novel by Diana Atkinson1995
The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy1995
When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai1995
Daughters of the Red Land by Yan Li1995
Kitchen music: A novel by Charles Foran1994
In the Language of Love by Diane Schoemperlen1994
How Insensitive by Russell Smith1994
Alex & Zee by Cordelia Strube1994
Minus Time by Catherine Bush1993
If I knew I'd tell you : a novel by Carol Malyon1993
Amnesia by Douglas Cooper1992
Voice-over by Carole Corbeil1992
Brud by Kenneth Harvey1992
Spin Dry by Greg Hollingshead1992
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland1991
Woyzeck's Head by Ekbert Faas1991
News From A Foreign Country Came by Alberto Manguel1991
Deadly Appearances by Gail Bowen1990
Dark Jewels by Rita Donovan1990
Grace Lake by Glen Huser1990
Homework by Margot Livesey1990
Sniper's Moon by Carsten Stroud1990
To All Appearances a Lady by Marilyn Bowering1989
The way the angel spreads her wings by Barry Callaghan1989
Madeleine and the angel by Jacqueline Dumas1989
The Prowler by Kristjana Gunnars1989
A Casual Brutality by Neil Bissoondath1988
Electrical Storms by David Homel1988
The Victory of Geraldine Gull by Clark Joan1988
Constellations by Janice Kulyk Keefer1988
January, February, June or July by Helen Fogwill Porter1988
Fire Eyes by D. F. Bailey1987
Selakhi by Seán Virgo1987
Downfall people by Jo Anne Williams Bennett1986
Back on Tuesday by David Gilmour1986
Late Great Human Road Show by Paulette Jiles1986
Nest of Singing Birds by Susan Charlotte Haley1985
A Certain Mr. Takahashi by Ann Ireland1985
Master & Maid: The Charles Massey Murder by Frank Jones1985
Wales' Work by Robert Walshe1985
Country of the heart by Sharon Butala1984
Dazzled : a novel by John Gray1984
I Hear the Reaper's Song by Sara Stambaugh1984
The Salvation of Yasch Siemens by Armin Wiebe1984
The biggest modern woman of the world: A novel by Susan Swan1983
Figures on a Wharf by Wayne Tefs1983
Preparing for Sabbath by Nessa Rapoport1982
Final decree by George Jonas1981
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips1981
Laughing War by Martyn Burke1980
The Charcoal Burners by Susan Musgrave1980
Seahorse: A Novel by Graham Petrie1980
Fat Woman by Leon Rooke1980
Peckertracks: A Chronicle by Stan Dragland1979
Everything in the Window by Shirley Faessler1979
Random Descent by Katherine Govier1979
The Double Cross Circuit by Michael Dorland1978
Hold Fast by Kevin Major1978
The Italians by F. G Paci1978
Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge1977
The Invention of the World by Jack Hodgins1977
I do remember the fall (New Press Canadian classics) by M. T. Kelly1977
A small informal dance by Helen Levi1977
The Abramsky Variations by Morley Torgov1977
Eileen McCullough by Alice Boissonneau1976
The falling world of Tristram Pocket by David F Kellum1976
Middlewatch by Susan Kerslake1976
The True Story of Ida Johnson by Sharon Riis1976
Small Ceremonies by Carol Shields1976

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The Books in Canada First Novel Award is a literary award given annually to the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.

While founded and originally solely managed by the literary magazine Books in Canada, sponsorship changes throughout its history have renamed the award Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Currently, it is the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

For the sake of simplicity and organization, the original name has been kept.

The shortlist can be found here. (English, Member-written)
The Books in Canada First Novel Award is a literary award given annually to the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.

While founded and originally solely managed by the literary magazine Books in Canada, sponsorship changes throughout its history have renamed the award Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Currently, it is the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award.

For the sake of simplicity and organization, the original name has been kept.

The winner's list can be found here. (English, Member-written)

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