More titles to consider

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

With the purchase of Kobo VIP Membership, you're getting 10% off and 2x Kobo Super Points on eligible items.

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
itemsitem
Second Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winners Announced
The Translation of Love

Literary Fiction Winner

The Translation of Love

Lynne Kutsukake

A Keeper's Truth

Speculative Fiction Winner

A Keeper's Truth

Dee Willson

In-Between Days

Non-Fiction Winner

In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer

Teva Harrison

Literary Fiction Winner

The Translation of Love

by Lynne Kutsukake

After spending the war years in a Canadian internment camp, thirteen-year-old Aya Shimamura and her father are faced with a gut-wrenching choice: move east of the Rocky Mountains or go “back” to Japan. Barred from returning home to the West Coast and bitterly grieving the loss of Aya’s mother during internment, Aya’s father signs a form that enables the government to deport them.

But war-devastated Tokyo is not much better. Aya’s father struggles to find work, compromising his morals and toiling long hours. Meanwhile, Aya, born and raised in Vancouver, is something of a pariah at her school, bullied for being foreign and paralyzed when asked to communicate in Japanese. Aya’s alienation is eventually mitigated by one of her principal tormenters, a willful girl named Fumi Tanaka, whose older sister has mysteriously disappeared.

When a rumor surfaces that General MacArthur, who is overseeing the Occupation, might help citizens in need, Fumi enlists Aya to compose a letter asking him to find her beloved sister. The letter is delivered into the reluctant hands of Corporal Matt Matsumoto, a Japanese American serving with the Occupation forces, whose endless job is translating the thousands of letters MacArthur receives each week. Although Matt feels an affinity with Fumi, he is largely powerless, and the girls decide to take matters into their own hands, venturing into the dark and dangerous underside of Tokyo’s Ginza district.

Told through rich, interlocking story lines, The Translation of Love mines this turbulent period to show how war irrevocably shapes the lives of people on both sides—and yet the novel also allows for a poignant spark of resilience, friendship, and love that translates across cultures and borders to stunning effect.

Grey side border
Grey bottom border

“     The Translation of Love is a tremendously accomplished work, a propulsive and layered story, the scope of which is quite unusual for a first novel. I was gripped and often very moved while reading and it stayed with me for weeks.    

Zoe Whittall

JUDGE

Zoe Whittall

The Translation of Love

The Translation of Love

by Lynne Kutsukake

$13.99

Grey side border
Grey bottom border

“     The Translation of Love is a tremendously accomplished work, a propulsive and layered story, the scope of which is quite unusual for a first novel. I was gripped and often very moved while reading and it stayed with me for weeks.    

Zoe Whittall

JUDGE

Zoe Whittall

Speculative Fiction Winner

A Keeper's Truth

by Dee Willson

EVERY ONE OF US HAS A SOUL.
SOME ARE NEW, SOME OLD, AND A FEW, THE DANGEROUS, ARE LOST.
BUT ONLY TWELVE KNOW WHY WE HAVE A SOUL AT ALL.
ONLY TWELVE REMEMBER MANKIND’S FORBIDDEN PAST.

Tess thinks she’s going crazy when only she sees the naked man in the crowded café, comatose woman in his arms. The nightmares, the visions: something’s not right. But Tess is entitled to moments of insanity. She’s the daughter of mental illness, suicide, and her husband was just killed in a car accident, leaving her an inept single mom at twenty-six.

Then Tess meets Bryce, Carlisle’s illusive bachelor who spins tales from ancient mythology with knowledge beyond his years. His truths intrigue Tess, pull her from the depths, and might just be what she needs to survive.

Compulsively readable, A Keeper’s Truth is an emotionally charged tale of fate, belief, and the power of the human mind. A story that will have you questioning everything you know about the history of mankind, and wondering if somewhere, deep inside, you knew the truth all along.

Grey side border
Grey bottom border

“     A Keeper’s Truth strikes a fine balance for genre fiction, finding freshness within the conventions. The plot finds an equal balance between research and imagination while never sacrificing characterization.    

Kelley Armstrong

JUDGE

Kelley Armstrong

The Translation of Love

A Keeper's Truth

by Dee Willson

$5.99

Grey bottom border

“     A Keeper’s Truth strikes a fine balance for genre fiction, finding freshness within the conventions. The plot finds an equal balance between research and imagination while never sacrificing characterization.    

Kelley Armstrong

JUDGE

Kelley Armstrong

Non-Fiction Winner

In-Between Days: A Memoir About
Living with Cancer

by Teva Harrison

Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.

Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.

Grey side border
Grey bottom border

“     In-Between Days is an absolutely mesmerizing read. Without ever becoming sentimental or self-pitying, Teva Harrison explores an unbearable situation with honesty, courage, humour, and heart-breaking poignancy. Her account of dealing with a terrifying cancer diagnosis ultimately becomes an uplifting celebration of living.    

Ross King

JUDGE

Ross King

In-Between Days

In-Between Days: A Memoir About
Living with Cancer

by Teva Harrison

$10.02

Grey bottom border

“     In-Between Days is an absolutely mesmerizing read. Without ever becoming sentimental or self-pitying, Teva Harrison explores an unbearable situation with honesty, courage, humour, and heart-breaking poignancy. Her account of dealing with a terrifying cancer diagnosis ultimately becomes an uplifting celebration of living.    

Ross King

JUDGE

Ross King

View all 18 books that made the shortlist

View Titles