Local author’s first book shortlisted for Governor General’s Literary Award

Two pictures are side by side: book cover of Weird Rules to Follow and a headshot of the author Kim Spencer
Award winning author Kim Spencer and her debut novel "Weird Rules to Follow." The book has been nominated for a Governor General Literary Award. Photo contributed by Kim Spencer.
Sabrina Spencer - CFNR - TerraceBC | 03-11-2023
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First time author Kim Spencer's coming of age book Weird Rules to Follow has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award.

Spencer's book was released in October 2022, and, over the past year, the local writer has received three awards and various nomination.

Although her book is fiction, the stories of the young Indigenous girl Mia are stories from Spencer's own life when she grew up in Prince Rupert. Ancestrally, she is from the Village of Gitxaala and grew up in Prince Rupert and, currently, lives in Vancouver.

“I’m still a Rupertite at heart,” she said.

In an interview with CFNR, she talks about her recent trip to Toronto where she just received the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, an award that includes a $50,000 cash prize.

Listen to the CFNR interview below: