Author Jessica Grant wins the 2009 Winterset Award

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Jessica Grant has won the 2009 Winterset Award for her first novel "Come, Thou Tortoise."
Described as "delightfully offbeat" it is the story of Audrey Flowers, an ex-pat Newfoundlander, and her opinionated tortoise Winnifred.
The Winterset Award celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing and comes with a cash prize of $5,000. It was presented today at a ceremony at Government House.
The two other finalists are Michael Crummey for "Galore" and Lisa Moore for "February." They each received a prize of $1,000.
"Come, Thou Tortoise," published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada of Toronto, was one of 32 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) submitted by publishers from across the country.
Books in any genre, published in 2009 were eligible for the award. The jury was made up of: Yvonne Pevie (educator, King's Cove), Peter Pickersgill (writer and artist, Salvage, Bonavista Bay), and Des Walsh (writer and actor, St. John's and New Bonaventure).
Now in its 10th year, the Winterset Award honours the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, St. John's-born social historian, prize-winning author, and passionate promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador arts. Her husband, journalist and author Richard Gwyn, established the award in 2000. It is named after the historic house on Winter Avenue in St. John's where Sandra grew up.
The Winterset Award is administered by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC). Chair Carmelita McGrath said, "We are so pleased to be associated with this very special award which honours the spirit of Sandra Fraser Gwyn. It celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing - something all three of this year's finalists can be very proud of. Congratulations to Jessica, Michael, and Lisa."
Jessica Grant is a member of Newfoundland's Burning Rock Collective. Her first collection of short stories, "Making Light of Tragedy", includes a story that won both the Western Magazine Award for Fiction and the Journey Prize. "Come, Thou Tortoise" is her first novel. Jessica lives in St. John's.

Organizations: Government House, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Toronto Bonavista Bay

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