Calgary writer Sharon Butala’s short-story collection, Season of Fury and Wonder, has won the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize.
The award comes with a $5,000 prize. It was announced online Monday by the City of Calgary as part of the 2019 Calgary Awards.
Butala’s short-story collection focuses on the lives of older women. The book was also a finalist for the 2019 Rogers Writers’ Trust Award for Fiction. Butala is a three-time Governor General’s Literary Award nominee.
Season of Fury and Wonder was originally published by Saskatchewan-based Coteau Books. Calgary’s Freehand Books acquired the rights to the title after Coteau closed and will release a new edition in July.
The other 2019 finalists for the Mitchell award were Naomi K. Lewis for her memoir Tiny Lights for Travellers and Teresa Wong’s graphic memoir Dear Scarlet: The Story of my Postpartum Depression.
The City of Calgary’s W.O. Mitchell Book Prize was established in 1996 in honour of the Calgary writer. Mitchell is best known for novels such as 1947’s Who Has Seen the Wind and for his weekly radio series Jake and the Kid, which later became a CBC television series.
He died in 1998.