Professor wins Canadian literary prize
Professor Ian Williams (English) has won the $10,000 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his debut short story collection Not Anyone’s Anything. The Writers’ Union of Canada announced the selection today (June 7).
The Writers' Union of Canada news release about the selection can be found here.
The award recognizes the best first English-language collection of short fiction by a Canadian author.
“The writing in Not Anyone’s Anything is fresh, funny, and intelligent,” the Writers Union of Canada jury members wrote. “This is a solid first book with gripping, convincing dialogue, a fluid sense of urbanity, and structural innovation that doesn’t come off as trickery. You see the poet here, in the crisp choice of language and even in the line breaks, as Williams uses typography and unusual layout to suggest a split-screen view of life. This is a brilliant collection.”
Williams divides his time between Massachusetts and Toronto.