Announcing Madeleine Thien as the Judge of the 2018 3Macs carte blanche Prize

We’re delighted to announce that the finalists of this year’s 3Macs Prize will be selected by award-winning author Madeleine Thien. The winner will be announced at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala in November 2018.

Madeleine Thien, photo credit Rawi Hage

Madeleine Thien, photo credit Rawi Hage

Madeleine Thien was born in Vancouver. She is the author of the story collection Simple Recipes (2001), and three novels, Certainty (2006); Dogs at the Perimeter (2011), shortlisted for Berlin’s International Literature Prize and winner of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s 2015 Liberaturpreis; and Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), about musicians studying Western classical music at the Shanghai Conservatory in the 1960s, and about the legacy of the 1989 Tiananmen demonstrations. Her books and stories are published in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, and have been translated into 25 languages.

Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the 2016 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2016 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction, and an Edward Stanford Prize; and was shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and The Folio Prize 2017. The novel was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2016 and longlisted for a Carnegie Medal.

The 3Macs carte blanche Prize is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding submission by a Quebec writer, artist, or translator that has been published in carte blanche within the year. The prize is sponsored by David Goodridge from MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier (3Macs) Inc., a Division of Raymond James. The winner of last year’s 3Macs Prize was Domenica Martinello for her essay “Ferrante in the Cellar: A Vulgar Appreciation.