October 3, 2013 – One Book, One Community would like to congratulate Richard Wagamese, winner of CODE’s inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Literature were announced last night at a gala in Ottawa.
Hosts Shelagh Rogers and Waubgeshig Rice presented the first prize of $12,000 to Richard Wagamese for his novel Indian Horse (Douglas & McIntyre). Tara Lee Morin won the $8,000 second prize for As I Remember It (Theytus Books) and James Bartleman won the $5,000 third prize for As Long as the Rivers Flow (Vintage Canada).
The winners were selected by an anonymous jury appointed by the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition to the prize money, each author will see a minimum of 2,500 copies of their book purchased by CODE and distributed throughout First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.