Congratulations to Monique Polak who is on the Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards Shortlist for her book I AM A FEMINIST: CLAIMING THE F-WORD IN TURBULENT TIMES (Orca Book Publishers). She is nominated for the QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature for this YA non-fiction title.

What is feminism? Why does it still matter? What exactly does intersectionality mean? In order to answer these (and many other) questions, I AM A FEMINIST first examines the history of feminism and then addresses the issues girls and women continue to face today. The book also looks at the ways in which people, especially young people, are working together to create a world where gender equality is a reality, not a dream. The author shares stories about the courageous individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide. From suffragists to the #MeToo movement, I AM A FEMINIST encourages readers to stand up and speak out for equality and justice.

MONIQUE POLAK is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written two non-fiction books for kids as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing and humanities in Montreal, Quebec. She won a QWF Literary Awards prize in 2009 for her novel WHAT WORLD IS LEFT. Monique is represented by agent Amy Tompkins.

The Quebec Writers’ Federation will announce the winners at a special gala ceremony on November 5 in Montreal. The full list of prizes and shortlisted books is available at