Canadian writer of fiction and non-fiction Linden MacIntyre is known not only for his writing but for his renowned journalism and broadcasting. He has won eight Gemini Awards and an International Emmy, and has contributed to the production of a number of documentaries and stories from around the world. His debut novel, The Long Stretch, was shortlisted for the 2000 Dartmouth Book Award and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award, and his book The Bishop’s Man (2009) earned him the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Bishop’s Man is a complex and mesmerizing exploration of a sensitive subject and when awarded its Scotiabank Giller Prize, it was hailed as ‘a brave novel, conceived and written with impressive delicacy and understanding’.
MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man was in the running for our inaugural Readers’ First Book Award in 2010. Each year, every one of the debut novels, novellas and short story collections appearing in our adult programme is entered into our First Book Award, and the winner is chosen by a public vote enabling readers to champion new fiction by voting for their favourite. Details of which authors are in the running for the award each year are announced here on our website when the Book Festival programme is launched in June.