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$10,000 given to best debut fiction collection by a Canadian author

Jack Wang, associate professor in the Department of Writing, received the 24th Danuta Gleed Literary Award from the Writers' Union of Canada for his story collection, We Two Alone. The award recognizes the best debut collection published by a Canadian author in English in 2020.

Wang was awarded the first prize of $10,000 CAD. The runners-up were Kaie Kellough for Dominoes at the Crossroads and Souvankham Thammavongsa for How to Pronounce Knife, who each received a prize of $1000 CAD.

The jurors noted, “In We Two Alone, Jack Wang has written an instantly engaging and achingly poignant collection of stories about people struggling to preserve their way of life and seeking stability, connection, and meaning....a compassionate work by a profoundly talented writer who cares deeply about what it means to be human in turbulent times.”

Read the full press release here.

The US edition of We Two Alone was published by HarperVia on June 8, 2021, with a virtual launch through Buffalo Street Books. Wang is on sabbatical for 2021-22, working on a novel, The Riveters.

Congratulations to Professor Wang!

Read his Q&A with Professor Barbara Adams here.