An Award Win For Jennifer Dance's Hawk

An Award Win For Jennifer Dance's Hawk

Posted on April 24 by Kyle in Awards
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Stouffville-based YA author Jennifer Dance has won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) for her novel Hawk (2016). Hawk was chosen by a committee among 50+ submissions as the 2016 young adult book that best captures the spirit of humans’ relationship with nature. 

Hawk, a First Nations teen from northern Alberta, is a star athlete until a serious illness yanks him out of competition and into a fight for his life. Struggling to recover, he comes across a young osprey trapped in a tailings pond, helpless. Rescuing the bird gives Hawk a new purpose in life, if he can survive to see it through.

Jennifer Dance was born in England and holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture and Animal Science from the University of the West Indies. She migrated to Canada in 1979. With family in the Native community, Jennifer has a passion for equality and justice for all people. Her first novel, Red Wolf, was endorsed by Giller Prize–winning author Joseph Boyden. An avid environmentalist, Jennifer lives on a small farm in Stouffville, Ontario.

Established in 1991, SONWA honors the literary legacy of Sigurd F. Olson by recognizing and encouraging contemporary writers who seek to carry on his tradition of nature writing. In 2004, organizers expanded the award to include children’s literature and in 2015 added the young adult genre. The award comes with a $250 cash prize to be presented to the author at a book conference here on the Northland College campus (Ashland, WI) this November 9-10, 2017.

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