Waubgeshig Rice wins 2019 Evergreen Award for Moon of the Crusted Snow

The Evergreen Award is part of Ontario's Forest of Reading program, which invites people to read and vote on a selection of Canadian fiction and nonfiction titles curated by librarians.
Waubgeshig Rice is a novelist and host of the CBC Radio show Up North. (ECW Press)

Waubgeshig Rice's dystopian novel Moon of the Crusted Snow was voted the winner of the 2019 Evergreen Award by readers from over 100 libraries in Ontario.

The Evergreen Award is part of the annual province-wide Forest of Reading program, inviting people to read and vote on a selection of Canadian fiction and nonfiction titles curated by librarians.

Moon of the Crusted Snow begins with a blackout at a northern Anishinaabe community. With winter on the way, the community begins to unravel while strangers from the south, escaping their own chaos, arrive on their doorstep.

Whether it's in the classroom or a work of fiction it's important to get the history right. For author Waubgeshig Rice, balancing historical accuracy with a dystopian vision of the future in his new novel, Moon of the Crusted Snow, was essential. 8:19

Rice is the host of the CBC Radio show Up NorthHe is also the author of the short story collection Midnight Sweatlodge and the novel Legacy.

"Big thanks to all the people who voted for Moon of the Crusted Snow for the Evergreen Award," said Rice on Twitter.

"Recognition like this from readers is a massive honour! N'miigwechiwendam."

Past winners of the Evergreen Award include The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron and The Break by Katherena Vermette.

Young readers can participate in the 2020 Forest of Reading program geared to their age groups now. See the selected titles here.

Waubgeshig Rice talks to Shelagh Rogers about his new book Moon of the Crusted Snow. 12:51



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