Tamai Kobayashi wins Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers

Japanese-Canadian writer Tamai Kobayashi has won the 8th annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers, presented by the Writers' Trust of Canada.

Kobayashi, author of two story collections Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic, was announced as the winner of the $4,000 prize at an event in Toronto on Monday evening. She published her debut novel Prairie Ostrich, a compelling, bittersweet coming-of-age story about life on a family-run ostrich farm, this past March.

The prize is given annually to "an emerging gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender writer whose published work demonstrates great literary promise," according to the Writers' Trust.

The jury, which included author Anna Camilleri, Cree poet Connie Fife, and memoirist Bill Whitehead, described Kobayashi's writing as "poetic, funny, and compassionate. With innovative and electric language, she creates thought-provoking narrative with heart, humour, and remarkable insight."

During the event, the Writers' Trust also presented musician and author Rae Spoon and poet Proma Tagore an Honour of Distinction for their literary achievements.

To mark this international event, we're asking for your suggestions on great books (fiction or non-fiction, classic or contemporary, Canadian or international) that explore LGBT perspectives.