Sam Wiebe Wins Kobo Emerging Writer Prize!

Sam Wiebe Wins Kobo Emerging Writer Prize!

Posted on July 8 by Kyle in Awards
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Dundurn is excited to announce that Sam Wiebe has taken home the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in the mystery category for his debut novel, Last of the Independents ─ the first installment of the Vancouver Noir series set in the author’s home city. Winners of the $10,000 prize were announced Tuesday evening at a reception in Toronto.

In his official commendation, noted author and mystery judge Ian Hamilton described Wiebe’s novel as “a well-crafted homage to the age of crime noir combined with a thoroughly modern sensibility.”

Last of the Independents had caught readers’ attention prior to its publication in 2014, winning the 2012 Unhanged Arthur Award for Best Unpublished Novel. It soon went on to be shortlisted for both the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel, in addition to earning rave reviews from across the country.

The novel was one of three Dundurn titles to be shortlisted for the award, which celebrates the best work by new Canadian writers. A Siege of Bitterns by Arthur Ellis Award-winner Steve Burrows and Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy by Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber were also nominated.