Vancouver filmmaker, performance artist and author Amber Dawn has been recognized for her book How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir with the 2013 City of Vancouver Book Award.
A raw, moving, and provocative memoir about sex work, queer identity, and the transformative power of literature and art, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir is a multifaceted portrait of Dawn’s experiences from hustling on the streets of Vancouver to present-day life as a writer, filmmaker, activist, artist, and educator.
Selected from a short-list of five titles chosen by an independent jury, Dawn receives the award that comes with a $2,000.00 cash prize.
Dawn is also the author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning novel Sub Rosa and is currently working on a novel about the amusement park in her hometown of Crystal Beach, Ontario.
Now in its 14th year, the City of Vancouver Book Award recognizes authors whose works “demonstrate excellence and contribute to an appreciation and understanding of Vancouver’s history, unique character, or achievements of its residents”.
Visit http://vancouver.ca for more information on the Vancouver Book Award.