MFA Visiting Editor in Creative Nonfiction, Linda Spalding, wins Governor General’s award for her novel The Purchase

It has been a pretty good year for Toronto author Linda Spalding.

Linda SpaldingHer book The Purchase was a finalist for the Writers Trust award for fiction and now she has taken the Governor General’s award for English fiction.

The Purchase is a story about the purchase of a slave by a Quaker man in the late 18th century and the consequences that flow from that act.

The award winners were announced at a Montreal press conference Tuesday.

Linda Spalding will give a reading from her work on Tuesday, December 4th, 7:30pm in the Soda Center. 

LINDA SPALDING was born in Kansas and lived in Hawaii before immigrating to Toronto in 1982. She is the author of three novels and her nonfiction work was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize. Her most recent work, Who Named the Knife, is a memoir of crime and punishment. She is an editor of Brick, A Journal of Reviews and has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. The Purchase, a novel, will be published in Canada in the fall of 2012
Date of Mention: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2012