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Debra Anderson was honoured to be the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s – ‘Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers‘ for a body of work.

Debra Anderson launched her first novel, Code White

Code White is Girl, Interrupted gone fin-de-millennium femme-tastic. Who knew the psych ward could be so sexy? Alex will make you laugh a hundred times and break your heart a hundred more. Debra Anderson is a sharp, smart, and breathtakingly insightful writer in full possession of the world she’s created in this stunning debut novel.”
—Chandra Mayor, winner of the Lambda Literary Awards

“The book is both tragically hilarious and unabashedly sexy.”—Xtra!


Alex wakes up in a psychiatric ward covered in mud, with no memory of how she got there. Detailing her life after a sudden manic episode, Alex reports the often hilariously bizarre details of her days while trapped on the inside. Stubbornly insisting on control, Alex scopes her ward-mates, skirmishes with the staff for information on her treatment, and stays true to her high-femme identity. Alex is a witty, neurotic narrator, negotiating dyke drama on both sides of the locked doors, and seducing characters and readers with the machinations of her lively, complex mind.

Code White is an innovative story of psychiatric confinement, rippling with sardonic humour, sexual tension, and rebellious honesty, in a setting that often lacks all three.

Code White is a book that meets your eye, has a good handshake, and looks killer in a pair of fishnets.”—Herizons Magazine

“Debra Anderson’s style and focus is fierce and unblinking in this love story for the strange survivors of even stranger places.”—Mariko Tamaki


Blah blah blah copyrightThe Writers’ Trust of Canada announced that Debra Anderson is the recipient of the third annual Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers! The Dayne Ogilvie Prize is presented annually to a Canadian writer from the LGBTQ community who demonstrates great potential in the early stages of their career through an exceptional body of work. The winner receives a $4,000 prize.

The winner was selected by a jury comprised of writers Derek McCormack, Shani Mootoo, and Karen X. Tulchinsky.

“Debra Anderson is a courageous writer, unafraid to explore and expose the deeper chasms in life. Combined with enviable craft, a big heart, a sense of humour and mischief, and that larger vision that makes a great writer, she holds her reader with a firm, delightful grip.”—Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury

Visit here for Debra Anderson’s full Prize info.

For more prize history, please visit the Writers’ Trust of Canada


Get Your Lit Out – Potluck: A Night of Readings. Presented by Three Ring Paper Productions, hosted at A Space Gallery (401 Richmond St. W., Suite 110) on June 20, 2007 (7-10pm) FREE & all ages.

Hosted by comedian Dawn Whitwell and featuring Shani Mootoo, Trey Anthony, Anna Camilleri, Debra Anderson, Gein Wong & Dani Couture. No recipes required at this queer pride literary event! Get the dish on the latest Get Your Lit Out event by contacting organizer, Debra Anderson, Three Ring Paper Productions.


Study Hall: A Night of Queer Readings is a free, all ages night of readings on March 7, 2007 (7-9pm) presented by Three Ring Paper Productions and TBLGAY at York University – Student Centre (Room 307, 3rd floor) at 4700 Keele St. Featuring Derek McCormack, Debra Anderson, R.M. Vaughan, & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.


Get Your Lit Out – Heartbreaker is a free, all ages night of readings presented by Three Ring Paper Productions hosted at the Edward Day Gallery (952 Queen St. W.) on February 22, 2007 (7-10 pm) Witness local darlings spin stories about love gone wrong that are guaranteed to leave marks. Featuring Marusya Bociurkiw, Rose Cullis, Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, Julia Gonsalves, Chanelle Gallant, and Lisa Foad. Fat Femme Mafia will host!

“Hot brainy chicks and bad girls.”—Xtra! (Issue 582) (on the Get Your Lit Out Reading Series)