Congratulations to Sharon Bala whose timely and stunningly written debut novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE (McClelland & Stewart Canada), has been named a finalist for the​ First Novel Award! This annual award recognizes the outstanding achievement of a first-time Canadian author and has launched the careers of some of Canada’s most beloved novelist

THE BOAT PEOPLE follows a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. This debut is a Globe and Mail and CBC Books bestseller and is a Penguin Random House One World, One Book Selection. THE BOAT PEOPLE was also shortlisted for Canada Reads 2018.

For the full shortlist please visit, This year’s winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Best of luck to you, Sharon!