The Ontario Library Services North announced the winners of the Northern Lit Awards at a banquet last week.
The English Fiction award, for which SILENCES: A NOVEL OF THE 1918 FINNISH CIVIL WAR was shortlisted, went to THE LIGHTKEEPER'S DAUGHTERS, by Jean E. Pendziwol. A story of family secrets, identity, sisters, and lighthouses, set on Lake Superior in both the past and present, the novel is an excellent choice to celebrate this part of Ontario.
Other winners: A HISTORY OF CANADA IN TEN MAPS, by Adam Shoalts (English nonfiction), and for French fiction, On n’sait jamais à quoi s’attendre by Hélène Koscielniak (Éditions Interligne).
Many congratulations to the winners, and heartfelt gratitude to Ontario Library Services North for recognizing the literature of this region.