"Edson’s vivid portrayal of the urban area, as well as the working class and underclass, creates a vision of Saint John that highlights the discrepancy between the pre-modern idyllic notion of life in Atlantic Canada and the more complicated reality of the region."

-The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia

Friday, August 26, 2011


The Goon has made the shortlist for the 2011 Relit Awards...The longlist of 60-odd novels has now been whittled down to 10 and I'm still in the running...This was my third time on the longlist but the first time being shortlisted for any literary prize.

Founded by Newfoundland master storyteller Kenneth J Harvey in 2000, the Relit Awards are probably the most honestly-judged literary award in the country and being on the shortlist will no doubt get The Goon some much-needed exposure. This is a big boost for me, regardless if I win or lose...but damn, I want to win it.

Here's what Chad Pelley recently said about the Relit Awards:

The ReLit Awards honour and shine a light on some of the best books of the year published by Canadian independent presses … and in that sense, they’re one of the most important, purposeful, and beneficial awards out there.

Click on the link below for the announcement of the shortlists in The Globe and Mail:


Click the link below for the Relit Awards Homepage:



susanwhite said...

Congratulations Jerrod on making the Relit Shortlist. That is very exciting!

Jerrod Edson said...

Thanks Sue! It's nice to get a bit of exposure...I finished your book last Thursday and it's amazing...