Hamilton Literary Awards Gala - Dundurn

Hamilton Literary Awards Gala

The Hamilton Literary Awards is an annual program to recognize and celebrate published authors from the Greater Hamilton Area and Six Nations of the Grand River. Celebrate 30 years of literary excellence with Hamilton Arts Council at Hamilton Public Library! Guests of the Ceremony will hear excerpt readings from the Shortlisted authors, including Dundurn Press's very own Sylvia McNicoll, and have the opportunity to interact with local book sellers, publishers and arts organizations. Attend to find out who will be awarded in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, the Kerry Schooley Book Award, and (brand new this year), the Children's Book Award! Doors open at 6:30 P.M, with the Ceremony beginning at 7:00 P.M and running until approximately 9:00 P.M.

What the Dog Knows by Sylvia McNicoll

Naomi’s dog Diesel returns from the afterlife with one mission — can he save her?

It’s Naomi’s worst summer ever. Her dog, Diesel, died. Dad lost his job. Mom and Dad split up. The family is broke, and Naomi is stuck babysitting when she planned to take swimming lessons. Then Naomi’s sometime-friend Morgan convinces her to jump off a dock. On July 1 at precisely 4:30, when Naomi drowns, destiny shifts.

Naomi awakes a week earlier to Diesel talking to her. Through his canine counsel, he wants to show her how to fix things. “I can save you,” he barks. But no matter how often Naomi resets her watch, the time and date keep flipping back to July 1 at 4:30, which makes her wonder: Is my time running out?