NL Book Awards for Lisa Moore, Andy Jones

Andrew Robinson
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Lisa Moore and Andy Jones were the big winners Tuesday at the 18th annual Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards.

Lisa Moore’s novel, “Caught.”

Moore won in the Writers’ Alliance Fiction Award category for her book “Caught,” published last year by House of Anansi. The St. John’s writer told reporters at Government House that it was great to see so many contributors to the provincial arts scene at the ceremony.

“It made me feel what a great honour this was, but also just what a rich place this is to work in,” she said.

Jones received the Bruneau Family Children’s-Young Adult Literature Award for the book “Jack and Mary in the Land of Thieves, published in 2012 by Running the Goat Books and Broadsides and illustrated by Darka Erdelji .

Jones said his main goal in writing the book was ensuring the traditional folk tale its based on translated well into a story for children.

“I’m happy that people like the Bruneau family are recognizing this kind of work,” he said. “We really need as much encouragement as we can get here in this province, and we’re getting it, which is great.”

Other finalist for the fiction prize were Ed Kavanagh for his book “Strays” and Telegram news editor and columnist Russell Wangersky for “Whirl Away.” For the children’s-young adult award, Tom Dawe’s “The Wonderful Dogfish Racket” and William Pryse-Philips’ “Free Flight” were the other finalists. Both were illustrated by C. Anne MacLeod.

Organizations: House of Anansi, Government House

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