Emma Donoghue and Katrina Best win Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes

The 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes have been announced and two Canadians have come out on top in the Caribbean and Canada category.

Emma Donoghue’s Room won for Best Book after previously winning the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and being shortlisted for the Man Booker Award.

Montreal author Katrina Best won the Best First Book award for her collection Bird Eat Bird published by Toronto’s Insomniac Press.

The winners of all Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes will gather at the Sydney Writers’ Festival this May.

To check out the full list of winners, visit the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize website here.