UEA alumna Larissa Lai has been named the winner of the 2020 Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize at the Lambda Literary Awards. The prize recognises LGBTQ-identified authors who have published several novels. Larissa (pictured) will receive a cash prize of $5,000. She graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001, having already published When Fox is a Thousand (1995), the winner of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers Award. Salt Fish Girl was published in 2002 and shortlisted for the Sunburst Award. She has since published four more book, most recently The Tiger Flu (2018). Born in La Jolla, California, she grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland, lived for some years in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary.