Van Rooy has written two serial mystery novels under Turnstone Press's Ravenstone imprint: An Ordinary Decent Criminal (winner of the 2006 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer), and Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal. He was chosen for the John Hirsch award from a roster of other outstanding writers including Rosanna Deerchild, the evening's winner of the Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry/Prix Lansdowne de poésie, Christina Penner, Daria Salamon, winner of the 2009 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book, and Adam Smoluk.
"We're very happy to have Michael named most promising Manitoba writer," said Jamis Paulson, Turnstone Press associate publisher. "I haven't met another writer who is as focused and committed to the craft as Michael. It's always a pleasure to work with him."
In addition to his two mysteries, Van Rooy has written for documentaries, magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. Big Mind Films recently optioned An Ordinary Decent Criminal for a full-length feature film. He is currently working on the third installment of the Monty Haaviko mystery series for Ravenstone with plans in the works for a fourth.
Turnstone Press is one of Manitoba's oldest and largest literary publishing companies, with a repertoire of literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It began publishing thrillers and mysteries under the Ravenstone imprint in 1998.
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