Award History

2018 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family

Jury Citation

"CanLit is brimming with immigrant stories, but we’ve never had anything quite like Lindsay Wong’s The Woo-Woo. This madcap memoir follows Wong as she comes of age amidst her foul-mouthed, upwardly mobile Asian Canadian family. Although the household is riddled with mental illness, her mother blames their domestic chaos on a bevy of Chinese ghosts. Hilarious anecdotes and slapstick comedy make bearable a shattering account of childhood neglect, emotional abuse, and social ostracism. Wong navigates treacherous emotional waters with such masterful literary skill we are barely aware of the moment our laughter turns to tears."

— 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Michael Harris, Donna Bailey Nurse, and Joel Yanofsky)