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Ontario's Wayne Grady wins $7,500 Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Author Wayne Grady is shown in a handout photo. Ontario writer Wayne Grady has won this year's Amazon.ca First Novel Award for

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Author Wayne Grady is shown in a handout photo. Ontario writer Wayne Grady has won this year's Amazon.ca First Novel Award for "Emancipation Day." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Bernard Clark

TORONTO - Ontario writer Wayne Grady has won this year's Amazon.ca First Novel Award for "Emancipation Day."

The veteran author of non-fiction and short stories, who lives near Kingston, Ont., nabbed the $7,500 honour on Wednesday at a ceremony in Toronto.

"Emancipation Day" (Doubleday Canada), which is set in the 1930s and '40s, made the long list for last year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

It beat out four other novels for the Amazon prize, which honours Canadian novelists.

Stuart Woods, editor of Quill & Quire, chose the short list and a panel of judges picked the winner.

Previous winners have included Eleanor Catton, David Bezmozgis and Anakana Schofield, who nabbed last year's prize.

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