UBC alumni reach Journey Prize finals

Dept. of English alumni Doretta Lau and Naben Ruthnum are finalists in the Writers’ Trust of Canada / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. The prize is awarded annually to a new and developing writer for a short story published in a Canadian literary publication. Lau is recognized for her story How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, a portrait of adolescent angst and rebellion set among a gang of “dragoons” growing up in Vancouver. Ruthnum is finalist for his story Cinema Rex, a story of a neighbourhood in Mauritius in the 1950s that draws connections between a changing community inundated by Hollywood and three friends transitioning out of boyhood. The winner will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto on Nov. 20. For more information, click here.