Eden Robinson, Cherie Dimaline among authors shortlisted for 2018 Sunburst Awards
There are two $1,000 grand prizes — one for the adult category and one for the YA category.
Son of a Trickster, which was shortlisted in 2017 for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, follows the story of Jared, an Indigenous teen trying to take care of his dysfunctional parents, all the while shrugging off supernatural happenings. The next book in Robinson's planned trilogy, Trickster Drift, is coming out in the fall of 2018.
Fonda Lee, formerly from Calgary, Alta. and now based in Oregon, scored nominations in both the adult and young adult category. She is nominated for Jade City, the first book in the Green Bone Saga, and for Exo, an epic tale about an alien-ruled Earth.
The entire shortlist in the adult category includes:
- American War by Omar El Akkad
- The Bone Mother by David Demchuk
- Jade City by Fonda Lee
- Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro
- Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
In the young adult category, Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves is a finalist. The bestselling book has already won the Governor General's Literary Prize for young adult literature — text and the Kirkus Prize for young readers' literature. It takes place in a dystopian North America, where Indigenous people are on the run from residential school recruiters.
"Written in exquisite prose, this stunning young adult novel is painful yet beautiful, bleak but ultimately hopeful," said the jury in a press release.
The entire shortlist in the young adult category includes:
- Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
- Exo by Fonda Lee
- The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
- The Painting by Charis Cotter
- Weave a Round Circle by Kari Maaren
The Sunburst Awards also have a $500 short story prize. The nominees are:
- The Beautiful Gears of Dying by Sandra Kasturi
- Spiked by Rich Larson
- Meridian by Karin Lowachee
- Hacker's Faire by Rati Mehrotra
- Animate by Kate Story
The 2018 Sunburst Award winners will be announced in the fall of 2018.