Ghost Forest Author Pik-Shuen Fung Wins 2022 Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Caitlin Mah wins the youth news category for “Mei-Ying, the heavens are crying”

TORONTO, June 1, 2022 /CNW/ – Amazon Canada and The Walrus have announced that Pik Shuen Fungauthor of ghost forest (Strange Light), is the winner of the 2022 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Fung was announced as the winner during the in-person ceremony tonight at The Globe and Mail Center in Torontowhere she also won the $60,000 cash prize awarded to the winner by Amazon Canada.

“How do you cry if your family doesn’t talk about their feelings? »

This is the question of the anonymous protagonist of ghost forest considers after the death of his father. one of many hong kong “astronaut” fathers, he stayed in the region to work while the rest of the family immigrated to Canada before the handover in 1997, when the British returned their sovereignty over hong kong at China. As she revisits memories of her father over the years, she struggles with unresolved questions and misunderstandings. Turning to her mother and grandmother for answers, she discovers that her own life is mirrored brilliantly in theirs.

Fung’s book was chosen from a shortlist of six books that also included the following novels:

Each shortlisted novelist received a $6,000 cash prizes from Amazon Canada. All books (including the winning novel) are available in print and Kindle editions at Everyone in this room will one day be dead, Probably Ruby, All quiet placesand We, Jane are also currently available as audiobooks via

Caitlin Mah wins the youth news category

Now in its fifth year, the Youth Short Story category celebrates authors between the ages of thirteen and seventeen who have written a short story under 3,000 words. Seventeen-year-old Mah was chosen as the winner by the jury of the First Novel Award. The prize for its new winner, Mei-Ying, the heavens are crying,” is $5,000 and a virtual mentorship workshop with The Walrus editors. His story will be published on Later this year.

“I talk to thousands of children every year, through North America, and I talk to them about the importance of stories. I tell them how important it is to tell their stories, because we need their truths, today and tomorrow. In all the amazing submissions, I felt so much hope. There was talent, passion, and truth in every piece, and it was not only an honor to read them, but it was also an exciting glimpse into the future and what lies ahead. We are in good hands,” said David A. Robertsonthe judge for the 2022 Youth Short Stories category.

For more information on the finalists and Amazon Canada’s First Novel Award, visit Where

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