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John-James Ford Winner of 2006 Ottawa Book Award for English Fiction


May 26, 2006

John-James Ford, author of Bonk on the Head is the co-winner of the English Fiction category of the 2006 Ottawa Book Awards.

Bonk on the Head is the fictional account of a young man’s strange and gruelling journey through military indoctrination, and the strange and gruelling family life that drives him to it. Author John-James Ford, himself a graduate of Royal Military College, presents a spirited coming-of-age novel that is at once both gripping and hilarious.

“I am honoured to accept this award for my first book. As much as the award, I am pleased to have the encouragement that comes with it. I have a suspicion that writers are generally sensitive beasts, and I don’t believe I’m unique in finding support to be a necessary fuel that feeds the ongoing exploration of my craft. I’d like to thank the Cultural Services Division of the City of Ottawa for recognizing my efforts.”
— John-James Ford

John-James Ford shared the English Fiction prize with John Geddes, The Sundog Season (Turnstone Press). Presentation of the Ottawa Book Awards took place on Thursday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Avenue.