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Laurier professor a finalist for Governor General’s and Rogers Writers’ Trust Awards

Oct 4/12

Laurier’s Tamas Dobozy is shortlisted in the fiction category for the prestigious Governor General Literary Awards for his latest book, Siege 13. The book is also a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust of Canada Fiction Prize.

“This is such an honour and a huge opportunity to connect with readers,” said Dobozy, an associate professor of English and Film Studies at Laurier. “It also gives me confidence to move ahead and keep going along the path I’ve chosen.”

Michel Desjardins, acting dean of the Faculty of Arts, says Dobozy’s stories have the ability to take readers deeply into the human condition.

“Tamas’s colleagues and his students have long treasured his presence, and we're delighted that the pleasure is not only ours,” said Desjardins.

Siege 13, which officially launched Sept. 15, 2012, is a collection of 13 linked short stories about one of the bloodiest sieges of the Second World War, which began in December of 1944 when the Red Army entered Budapest.

Dobozy said he was attracted to the story of the siege because he had family members who lived through it.

“So many civilians were killed, but nobody talks about it,” said Dobozy. “I wanted to know what happened.”

The other nominees in the fiction category including Carrie Snyder of Waterloo for The Juliet Stories, and three Toronto-based writers: Vincent Lam for The Headmaster’s Wager, Linda Spalding for The Purchase and Robert Hough for Dr. Brinkley’s Tower.

Siege 13 is Dobozy’s third collection of published stories. His previous book, Last Notes and Other Stories, won a Governor General’s Literary Award for English-to-French translation in 2007.

The Governor General’s Literary Awards are Canada’s oldest literary awards. The winners will be announced Nov. 28 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Award will be handed out Nov. 7 in Toronto. Both awards are worth $25,000.

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