Toronto novelist wins award for emerging gay writer

Debra Anderson, a Toronto playwright, filmmaker and novelist, has won the $4,000 Dayne Ogilvie Grant, given annually to an emerging gay writer.

Debra Anderson, a Toronto playwright, filmmaker and novelist, has won the $4,000 Dayne Ogilvie Grant, given annually to an emerging gay writer.

The Writers' Trust of Canada announced the award, named for a freelance book editor, writer and manager who died in 2006, on Tuesday.

An honour of distinction was given to Toronto writer Greg Kearney, a former humour columnist for Xtra and author of a collection of short stories, Mommy Daddy Baby.

Anderson, a graduate of the York University creative writing program, is the author of the novel Code White and has been published in numerous literary journals. Her play, withholding, was work-shopped at Toronto's Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

"Debra Anderson is a courageous writer, unafraid to explore and expose the deeper chasms in life," the jury said in its citation. "Combined with enviable craft, a big heart, a sense of humour and mischief, and that larger vision that makes a great writer, she holds her reader with a firm, delightful grip."