Congratulations Sarah Berman and Perdita Felicien, who have been shortlisted for the Eighth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize! The Prize was established to bring recognition to Canadian literary talent in three categories: Nonfiction, Literary Fiction and a rotating Genre Fiction category, which is Romance this year. The winners will be announced June 22, 2022.

Don’t Call It a Cult: The Shocking Story of Keith Raniere and the Women of NXIVM by Sarah Berman (Penguin Canada) has been nominated in the Nonfiction Category! Investigative journalist Sarah Berman explores the shocking practices of NXIVM, an organization run by Keith Raniere and his high-profile enablers. Sarah is represented by Carolyn Forde.

My Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of Struggle and Triumph by Perdita Felicien (Doubleday Canada) has been nominated in the Nonfiction Category! Decades before Perdita Felicien became a World Champion hurdler running the biggest race of her life at the 2004 Olympics, she carried more than a nation’s hopes—she carried her mother Catherine’s dreams. Perdita is represented by Samantha Haywood.

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