Shortlists have been announced for the 2017 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, CBC Books reported. Winners will be unveiled this fall, with adult and YA fiction winners each receiving C$1,000 (about US$790), and the winner of the short story category receiving C$500 (about US$395). The shortlisted titles include:
Necessity by Jo Walton
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson
Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan
The Skids by Ian Donald Keeling
Molly Reid won the BOA Short Fiction Prize for her collection The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary. Reid will receive a $1,000 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, within the American Reader Series in spring 2019.
BOA publisher Peter Conners said, "The ingredients for Molly Reid's The Rapture Index: A Suburban Bestiary: whimsy, spiked with darkness, splashed with mystery, and served in a brilliant chalice of literary cut crystal. The glass breaks, the liquid spills out, and we stand in awe of the shimmering (and dangerous) shards that slice like heartbreak, and shiver like bittersweet memory. Drink deep; this book is an intoxicant."