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Speaker's Book Award and Young Author Award Ceremony Recap

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Speaker's Book Award and Young Author Award Ceremony Recap

The Speaker's Book Award and Young Author Award were presented last night by the Honourable Dave Levac at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. And because I wrote a young-adult novel in 2013 about Toronto at the turn of the millennium, I had an excuse to wear a pretty dress.

I was honored that When We Were Good was selected as a finalist for the inaugural Young Author Award along with Rêver au réel by Daniel Groleau Landry and Ceremonies for the Dead by Giles Benaway. Giles Benaway took home the award for his collection of poetry, which I'm really looking forward to reading. We had a great time chatting before the awards; a driven and talented writer, he's definitely someone to look out for.

Steve Paikin took home the title prize of the evening, the Speaker's Book Award, explaining in his acceptance speech that, despite his considerable career, that this was his first award. His book Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half Century of Ontario Leaders covers fifty years of Ontario politics from his unique perspective.

Being nominated for the Speaker's Young Author Award, and attending the ceremony at Queen's Park was incredibly gratifying and surreal. All of which is summed up remarkably well by the selfie my brother, Sam, took of our assembled crew — with Speaker Dave Levac's most excellent photobomb.

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