The Writers' Union of Canada announced the short list for the 2016 Danuta Gleed Award on May 2, 2017. The Award recognizes the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author in the English language. The jury consisted of Caroline Adderson, Judy Fong Bates and David Bergen.
Jury comment for The Light That Remains
Through the brutal lens of war, the stories in The Light that Remains span the twentieth century and travel the globe. Readers are caught up in the lives of innocent people in Armenia, the Ukraine, Hong Kong, France, Cambodia, and Rwanda, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the harrowing cruelties of war. With clear, elegant prose and a compassionate voice, Lyse Champagne explores loss, love, kindness, hope, despair, the need to survive. In so doing, she forces into the reader’s heart a deeper understanding of the anguish and strength that resides in the human spirit when worlds are shattered beyond recognition.