Friday, March 09, 2007

Newfoundland's Ken Harvey wins Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

Harvey wins $15,000 Writers' Trust fiction prize
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

The former self-described "bad boy of Canadian literature, battling against colonial complacency in the CanLit status quo," Newfoundland's Kenneth J. Harvey, was awarded the $15,000 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize last night at a ceremony in Toronto.
Harvey, 45, won for his 2006 novel Inside, beating four other nominees, including Peter Behrens, whose novel The Law of Dreams won last year's Governor-General's Literary Award for fiction. For more than a decade, Harvey's name has been synonymous with audacious self-promotion -- to flog Skin Hound, a novel about a serial murderer, for example, he inserted tiny slices of his skin into promotional copies of the book -- as well as unstinting support of the country's independent publishers, most notably with his creation in 2001 of the annual ReLit Awards.