It was Calgary bookseller Simone Lee who ushered by short-story collection Buying Cigarettes for the Dog from the Top 10 shortlist for the Alberta Readers Choice Award to the Top 5, and thus to the public vote.
Simone owns the great and friendly indie bookstore Pages on Kensington. Here she is talking about Cigarettes.
And here's where you can vote. Every day till April 30.
With the help of my publisher, Freehand Books, as well as the Edmonton Public Library, I'm going to be able to attend the ARC Awards Publishers Fair on April 17. I'll be sitting on a panel with three of the other four shortlisted writers (one of them is long-gone), as well as the "champions" of each of the five books.
Over and out.