An excited Jim Williams receives the inaugural Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature. Jim was presented with his award of $1,000 before a crowd of 50 people on November 17th, 2011 at Just Us Cafe Spring Garden Road, Halifax.. Later he answered questions and read from his soon to be published novel Rock Reject. The novel chronicles the personal struggles of Toronto born Peter against the backdrop of the health, safety and environmental issues in an asbestos mine in Northern BC.
As part of the award he has negotiated a contract with Roseway publishing with a scheduled release date of fall 2012.
The Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature is for unpublished manuscripts, is open to English Language submissions from writers from the three Maritime provinces and awarded annually. Information can be found at www.beaconaward.ca