Marjorie
Celona

Awards

2008 Winner

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

for Othello

Jury Citation

“‘Othello’ has the mark of a mature and experienced writer. A teenage boy learns about loneliness and life’s misperceptions during a summer road trip stop at a convenience store in the town of Othello. An autistic boy and his depressed father create a powerful frame around this coming of age story, teaching us that suddenly, out of nowhere, perceptions can shift a little and in an instant the future is clear. The non-linear writing is bare and raw – an entire life summed up in so few pages. This story is a gift, a world created and presented perfectly.” — 2008 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award Jury (Natalee Caple, Michelle Berry, and Andrew Pyper)