Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers
Sponsored by Robin Pacific
The 2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize was presented on June 23 at the NOW Lounge in Toronto. Hosted by NOW editor and activist Susan G. Cole, writer Tamai Kobayashi was announced as the winner. Rae Spoon and Proma Tagore received honours of distinction.
(photo: Bo Yih Thom)
Tamai Kobayashi’s writing is poetic, funny, and compassionate. With innovative and electric language, she creates thought-provoking narrative with heart, humour, and remarkable insight. In Prairie Ostrich, she has drawn a compelling young character, Egg Murakami, who guides us through the fault lines and intersections of family, loss, and otherness. This novel is for anyone who has spent time on the outside, looking in.
About the Author
Born in Japan, raised in Canada, Tamai Kobayashi is a writer and screenwriter. She is the author of two story collections, Exile and the Heart and Quixotic Erotic. Her vivid, electric prose has garnered considerable critical acclaim. Her first novel, Prairie Ostrich, published by Goose Lane Editions in March 2014, is the story of coming out and coming of age in a sleepy rural town. Tamai lives in Toronto.
Honours of Distinction
About the Prize
Established in 2007, the prize is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality. Writers who identify themselves as LGBT are eligible and while no age restriction exists, the prize is intended for developing writers. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is presented with the grant annually.
About the Sponsor
The prize was established by Robin Pacific, a close personal friend of Dayne Ogilvie. Mr. Ogilvie was a highly respected freelance book editor, writer, and manager. A passionate lover of all the arts, he died in October 2006.