Cassi Smith receives the 2017 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award

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Saskatchewan writer Cassi Smith is the 2017 recipient of the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award.

The $10,000 prize is given annually to a Canadian author who is working on a major writing project. The recipient is chosen by the most recent RBC Taylor Prize winner. Cassi Smith was chosen by Ross King, who won the RBC Taylor Prize for Mad Enchantment, his biography of painter Claude Monet. Smith will also be mentored by King as part of the prize.

Smith is currently a MFA student at the University of Saskatchewan and is working on a collection of essays based on interviews with First Nations elders.

"I'm delighted to have discovered Cassi Smith," King said in a statement. "I've been impressed with the empathy of her writing and her commitment to human values, which she explores without judgment or sentimentality. Hers is a voice that deserves to be heard, along with those of the people she writes about."

This is the fourth year the RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award has been awarded. The past recipients were Leanne Simpson, Iain Reid and Adnan Khan.

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