As the winner of the Michael Van Rooy award for Genre Fiction at the 2016 Manitoba Book Awards, I get temporary custody of Michael Van Rooy’s silver-headed walking stick. The award is named in memory of Michael, author of gritty and gripping crime fiction, brandisher of walking sticks, a larger than life presence on the Manitoba writing scene who died too soon at the age of 42.
It’s my honour to keep Michael’s cane safe until the next winner comes along in 2018.
My thanks to the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and the Association of Manitoba Book Publishers for sponsoring the Manitoba Book Awards that do so much to encourage Manitoba writers.
See the other winners here:
Now for those tap dancing lessons.