Congratulations to Thomas Armstrong! His book Of Water and Rock (DC Books, amazon.com, amazon.ca) won gold at the National Independence Festival of the Creative Arts in Barbados. Redemption in Indigo was awarded silver.
I first met Tom when we were taking first and second prize at the 2008 Frank Collymore Literary Award ceremony for the unpublished manuscripts that would become those books. Since Canada claims some award-winning West Indian born writers (like Austin Clarke) via naturalisation, it feels great to turn the tables by stealing this Canadian born writer!
Congrats again, Tom, and may this lead to more awards and wider recognition for your work.