Zalika Reid-Benta wins $10K Danuta Gleed Award for best first short story collection
Toronto writer Zalika Reid-Benta has won the Danuta Gleed Award for her book Frying Plantain.
The $10,000 award annually recognizes the best first short story collection by a Canadian writer.
Frying Plantain features a series of interconnected stories with a young Black woman named Kara Davis living in Toronto.
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The coming-of-age story explores race, class and identity as Kara learns to navigate and reconcile her Canadian nationality and Jamaican heritage.
"Reid-Benta writes her characters into existence with great assurance, skill and tenderness," said the jury in a statement.
The two runners up were Nova Scotia's Christy Ann Conlin for Watermark, and Newfoundland's Terry Doyle for Dig. They each receive $1,000.
Other past winners include David Bezmozgis, Ian Williams and Heather O'Neill.