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2017 QWF Literary Awards

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Every year, The Quebec Writers’ Federation shines the spotlight on the best English-language writers to emerge from Quebec. The QWF Awards include six $2,000 book prizes for Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, First Book, Translation, and Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The winners of these book prizes, of the 3Macs carte blanche prize, and of the Judy Mappin Community Award, are announced at our Gala each year, making it indisputably the most important literary event of the year for Quebec's English-language writers and their readers.
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QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Longer Chapter Books, Middle-Grade and Young Adult Literature Sponsored by Janet and John Blachford
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Lightning Lou
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QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Longer Chapter Books, Middle-Grade and Young Adult Literature Sponsored by Janet and John Blachford
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The Lonely Hearts Hotel
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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore
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Behold Things Beautiful
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Vertigo overcame Alma as she looked down at the sea and the jet's reflection, a black swallow winging across the Atlantic. Flaco's grandmother once told her you could predict Luscano's weather by the flight of the golondrinas. If they were flying high, the forecast was good, but beware when the swallows skimmed low.

The androgynous voice on the intercom reminded passengers that Luscano was the first stop, five minutes only, and then it was on to Montevideo. Alma closed her laptop and gathered her belongings. At this point, her brain zinging from the strong Brazilian coffee she had consumed during the stopover in Sao Paulo, Alma wondered who would stop her if she went on to Montevideo. But after the jet touched down smoothly and taxied to the terminal, Alma made for the door along with two couples, retirees perhaps, dressed in sensible khaki and sturdy sandals. The other passengers, mainly Brazilians, remained seated. Lucky them, she thought.

After the staircase was rolled to the side of the jet, the attendant opened the door and the passengers in front of her made their way down the stairs. Alma stepped out and grasped the railing, steadying herself against the pull of her briefcase and bag. She had an immediate sense of being observed. She scanned the two-storey bunker, stucco still peeling off the concrete, the same tattered blue-red flags whipping westward. There. On the airport roof was a man with binoculars, brazenly surveying the passengers descending from the plane. She couldn't tell from this distance if he was wearing a uniform.

Alma hurried to catch up to the blur of khaki ahead of her, walked with the couples across the tarmac and entered the low-ceilinged hall. A conveyer belt curved in and out of openings in the concrete and soon her luggage appeared. She managed to heave the suitcases, weighted with books, onto a cart, which she pushed towards the booth for customs and immigration. A uniformed PFL officer studied her Canadian passport. She scanned his face against memory. An ex-militar might have found work in the Policia Federal de Luscano and he was the right age. He stamped the passport, slid it across the counter along with a card she'd have to submit when leaving the country. It was valid until July 6th, 2004, precisely one year, and more than enough time. "Welcome back," he said.

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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore
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Lost in September
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Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction Sponsored by Librairie Paragraphe Bookstore
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Arabic for Beginners
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Concordia University First Book Prize
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Uncertain Weights and Measures
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Concordia University First Book Prize
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Tax, Order, and Good Government

Tax, Order, and Good Government

A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917
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Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction
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