You're not the only fans of Whittall's edgy yet soulful, politically aware fiction. Her second novel, Holding Still For As Long As Possible - featuring passionate paramedics and trans awareness, and starring Toronto itself - was shortlisted for the ReLit Award, given to new work from an independent publisher. And the poet, novelist and occasional NOW contributor copped the 2008 Writers' Trust's Dayne Ogilvie Grant for best emerging gay writer. Both her first novel (Bottle Rocket Hearts), which made it to CBC's Top 40 Canada Reads list, and Holding Still have been optioned for film, and she's working on the screenplays. Hope the lit scene doesn't lose her to movie madness.