Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia author lands on short list for $40K prize

Catherine Cooper, author of White Elephant, joins several Canadian authors on the award's short list.

Past Canadian winners of First Novel Award include Michael Ondaatje, W.P. Kinsella and Nino Ricci

Catherine Cooper has landed on the short list for the $40,000 First Novel Award. (HO - First Novel Award/The Canadian Press)

A Nova Scotia writer is in the running for the $40,000 First Novel Award. 

Catherine Cooper joins several Canadian authors on the award's short list. Her first novel, White Elephant, tells the story of a doctor who moves with his family from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone, where tensions arise soon after.

Others on the list

Yasuko Thanh could be in line for another significant literary prize. The Victoria author is being recognized for Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, which was awarded the $25,000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize last year.

Winnipeg author Katherena Vermette also made the short list for The Break, which was a 2016 finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Vancouver-born, Montreal-based poet Kaie Kellough has a nod for Accordeon.

Rounding out the short list is So Much Love by Hamilton-born author Rebecca Rosenblum..

Formerly the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the prize has been handed out for 40 years honouring and launching the careers of notable Canadian novelists, with past winners including Michael Ondaatje, W.P. Kinsella, Nino Ricci, Madeleine Thien, Joseph Boyden, David Bezmozgis and Andre Alexis.

The cover for the book White Elephant by Catherine Cooper. (HO - First Novel Award/The Canadian Press)

With files from CBC Nova Scotia