Heather O'Neill wins Quebec's Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Heather O'Neill has won the $2,000 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction for the novel The Lonely Hearts Hotel at the 2017 Quebec Writers' Federation's (QWF) literary awards. The $2,000 annual prize honours fiction written by English-language writers from Quebec.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel follows two Montreal orphans in the 1920s whose unusual magnetism and talent allow them to imagine a sensational future.
The remaining finalists were Cora Siré for Behold Things Beautiful and Kathleen Winter for Lost in September.
Five other prizes, all worth $2,000, were also awarded at the QWF awards gala, held in Montreal on Nov. 21, 2017.
Sandra Perron won the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction for her book Out Standing in the Field, a revealing memoir which provides a glimpse into one woman's harrowing experiences as the first female officer in the Canadian Infantry.
Erin Robinsong was awarded the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for Rag Cosmology, a politically conscious and lyrically aware work.
Jocelyn Parr took the Concordia University First Book Prize for Uncertain Weights and Measures.
Writer Karen Nesbitt won the QWF Prize for Children's & Young Adult Literature for her book Subject to Change, a fictional story about a young teen coping with the divorce of his parents in small-town Quebec.
Translator Peter Feldstein won the Cole Foundation Prize for Translation for his English translation of Jean-Marie Fecteau's La liberté du pauvre.