The trend of women dominating this year's literary awards continued last night as Miranda Hill, Rachael Preston, and Diana Walsh took home prizes at the Hamilton Literary Awards. The awards, which are presented by the Hamilton Arts Council, celebrated their 20th anniversary last night.
I was lucky enough to read quite a few of the nominated books for Hamilton Magazine, but last night my "to read list" grew longer. This was especially the case after watching Rachael Preston tearfully accept the Kerry Schooley Book Award for her self-published book Fishers of Paradise, which takes place in the wetlands of Cootes Paradise.
Last night's turnout was impressive, as writers and readers gathered to celebrate not only books, but local books, once again proving that Hamilton's literary scene is something we should all be proud of.