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Fernie author through to national independent award finals

Gordon Sombrowski’s book has been selected as a finalist at the Whistler Independent Book Awards
Gordon Sombrowski and Angie Abdou talked about Sombrowski’s new book, What Narcissus Saw, at the official Fernie launch of the Fernie-inspired collection of short fiction. Pictured at Park Place Lodge, Fernie, on Dec. 7 2021. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Local author Gordon Sombrowski’s book about Fernie has been selected as a finalist in the Whistler Independent Book Awards for 2022.

Sombrowski’s book was revealed as on the shortlist of the awards back in June, and has since gone forward as a finalist, running against Michael Carin of Quebec for his book ‘Churchill at Munich’, and William George Lindsay of British Columbia for ‘Rez Dog Blues and the Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces.’

Sombrowski said it was a great honour to have been selected as a finalist.

“Like every writer who seeks to publish I set out to write stories that I hope readers will want to read. Having a jury of accomplished writing peers select my work helps me to feel like I have done that,” he said.

‘What Narcissus Saw’ - which is a collection of short fiction – was inspired by everything Fernie, with Sombrowski describing it as “taking modern dilemmas and examining them through the unique community that Fernie is,” before it’s release late in 2021.

‘What Narcissus Saw’ acts as a companion book to his previous short fiction collection, ‘What Echo Heard’, also based in Fernie and released in 2011.

The winners of the category at the book awards – fiction – will be announced in October as part of the Whistler Writers Festival.

Fiction finalists will be judged by authors Amber Cowie and Darcie Frisen Hossack

The Whistler Independent Book Awards were established in 2016 to recognize excellence in Canadian self-publishing, with awards across three categories.

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