Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Writers' Trust Awards

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Spending a few hours drinking wine and watching extremely talented people receive awards for their work is a very pleasant way to spend an evening. Last night, we Open Bookers got to indulge in such an evening at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto, where we watched the recipients of the Writers' Trust Awards receive their prizes. The combined value of the awards is $155,000, making the event one of the richest awards nights in Canada. The joy, enthusiasm and genuine surprise many of the recipients expressed made for a really splendid evening.

The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize ($25,000)
Miriam Toews for The Flying Troutmans (Knopf Canada)

Finalists Rivka Galchen (Atmospheric Disturbances, HarperCollins Canada), Rawi Hage (Cockroach, House of Anansi Press), Lee Henderson (The man Game, Viking Canada) and Patrick Lane (Red Dog, Red Dog, McClelland & Stewart) each received $3,500.

The Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize ($25,000)
Taras Grescoe for Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in aWorld of Vanishing Seafood (HarperCollins Canada)

Finalists Carl Honoré (Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, Knopf Canada), Mark Kingwell (Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City, Viking Canada), Margaret Visser (The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistenceand Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual, HarperCollins Canada) and Russell Wangersky (Burning Down the House: Fighting Fire and Losing Myself, Thomas Allen Publishers) each received $3,500.

The Writers' Trust of Canada/ McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize ($10,000)
Saleema Nawaz for “My Three Girls,” published in Prairie Fire
For publishing the winning entry, Prairie Fire receives $2,000.

The Writers' Trust Notable Author Award ($25,000)
Michael Winter

The Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature ($20,000)
Michael Kusugak

The Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of A Writing Life ($20,000)
Sylvia Fraser

The Writers' Trust Award for Distinguished Contribution
Rogers

For more information on the Writers' Trust, go to http://www.writerstrust.com/.

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