The Fred Kerner Book Award is awarded annually to a Canadian Authors member who has the best overall book published in the previous calendar year, including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Big Reader by Susan Olding has been shortlisted for the 2022 Fred Kerner Award. Susan Olding’s debut collection, Pathologies: A Life in Essays, was selected by 49th Shelf and as one of 100 Canadian books to read in a lifetime. Her newest book is Big Reader: Essays. Her essays, fiction, and poetry appear widely in literary journals and anthologies throughout North America, and her work has won a National Magazine Award, the Edna Staebler Prize for the Personal Essay, and other honours. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. She lives in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, in Victoria, British Columbia.

 Susan is represented by Samantha Haywood. 

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