Congratulations to Plum Johnson and Zarqa Nawaz for their nominations for the first Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Both were nominated in the Non-Fiction category, which is judged by the Charles Taylor Prize–shortlisted author Charlotte Gray.

The Kobo Emerging Writer Prize is in its inaugural year and will be awarded to three debut tiles, one each in the Non-Fiction, Fiction, and Mystery categories. Each author will win $10,000 and will get mentorship and support in promoting their work. The winners will be announced on July 7th.

they-left-us-everythingPlum Johnson’s THEY LEFT US EVERYTHING is a funny, touching memoir about the importance of preserving family history to make sense of the past, and nurturing family bonds to safeguard the future.

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

From Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE MOSQUE: THE MISADVENTURES OF A MUSLIM WOMAN is  a wonderfully funny memoir about the trials and tribulations of the author; it is Nora Ephron meets Meera Syal.

See the award announcement here and congratulations to all the nominees!