Friday, March 11, 2005

Canadian Howard Engel Honored
After 11 Benny Cooperman detective novels, Toronto native Howard Engel was awarded the Matt Cohen award by the Writer's Trust of Canada for lifetime achievement. The prize is all the sweeter because just four years ago, Engel suffered a stroke that left him unable to read. He was still able to write, however, and had no plans to stop. While completing his latest Cooperman novel, Memory Book">Memory Book, Engel has taught himself to read again and has acheived a 3rd grade reading level. The Globe and Mail reports.

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