Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that The Petting Zoos by K.S. Covert has been shortlisted for the 2023 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the Speculative Fiction category. Congratulations, Kim!
The Petting Zoos is set ten years after a pandemic wiped out a huge percentage of the population. While the world began to heal, Lily locked herself in worlds of her own making for her newspaper. It was only when she was ordered back to work, and given the opportunity to feed the skin hunger she didn’t know she had, that she came back to life. Victoria Hetherington calls this book a “punchily erotic elucidation on the human condition.”
With the Emerging Writer Prize, Rakuten Kobo endeavours to raise the profiles of debut authors by recognizing exceptional books written by first-time Canadian authors in three categories: Literary Fiction, Non-Fiction, and one of three types of genre fiction: Romance, Speculative Fiction, or Mystery. Learn more about the award and the other finalists here.