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Caledon author wins 2023 Canadian Book Club Award

A Caledon woman recently won an award for her first children’s novel.

Lisa Oatway has won the 2023 Canadian Book Club Award in the category of Early Readers for her book “The Dinosaur Encounter: The Alberta Episode”.

The Dinosaur Encounter was Oatway’s first book, and she has since written two more. Her books combine fantasy and Canadian history through the eyes of the Stonehart siblings, who can travel through time to help those in need.

The Dinosaur Encounter is a story about facing one’s fears and the amazing power of teamwork.

It’s also a story about the history of dinosaurs that used to live in what’s now Alberta.

Oatway’s other books are “The Harbour Explosion” and “The Underground Railroad Twins”, which are set in Nova Scotia and Ontario respectively.

Oatway said she felt honoured to receive a Canadian Book Club Award as the whole premise of her series is to promote Canadian history. She got shortlisted for the award back in September, and found out just this month that she was a winner.

In a media release, the Canadian Book Club Awards said its 2023 winners were selected by a dedicated, independent panel of readers.

The Awards called Oatway’s book “a thrilling adventure through prehistoric Alberta.”

The Canadian Book Club Awards were launched in 2019 and are dedicated to upholding the principles of ​​inclusivity, accessibility and diversification within Canadian literature. This year, the most books ever were submitted for consideration of an award.

Oatway said she was blown away when she found out she’d won.

“For me, it was validation that I’m doing something right,” said Oatway.

Winning the award has Oatway wanting to encourage potential authors to get involved with the writing world and start their projects. She said if someone has an inkling of an idea, they should sit down and write it.

“Everyone has a story within them, so I encourage people to take it seriously,” said Oatway.

Oatway’s books are available at Forster’s Book Garden in Bolton and online.

Zachary Roman, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Caledon Citizen