Add These Writers’ Trust Award Winning Books to Your CanLit Reading List
Need a new book to cozy up with on the couch? That’s exactly what this gloomy season is for—and we know just the right place to look. Last night, the Writers’ Trust of Canada presented seven literary awards and more than $260,000 to Canadian writers, honouring our country’s accomplishments in fiction, nonfiction, short fiction, poetry, and literature for young readers. Pick up one of the books below, and next time someone asks what you’re reading, you can tell them “only Canada’s best.”
Elizabeth Hay, All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir
Elizabeth Hay (Ottawa) was awarded the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, a thoughtful portrait of what it means to be a daughter and caregiver to parents towards the end of their lives. In anticipation of the novel’s release, Hay wrote “The Mood” for FASHION’s September issue. Find out why she calls the month the first blank page of an essay here.
Kathy Page, Dear Evelyn
Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize ($50,000)
Kathy Page (Salt Spring Island, BC) received the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Dear Evelyn, a lifelong love story of marriage and compatibility inspired by wartime correspondences between Page’s own mother and father.
Shashi Bhat, “Mute”
Shashi Bhat (New Westminster, BC) received the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for “Mute,” a darkly funny story about academia and popular culture, with themes of fear, loneliness, and failed connections.
Other recipients from the evening include:
- Jordan Scott (Royston, BC): Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, $25,000.
- David Bergen (Winnipeg): Matt Cohen Award, recognizing a lifetime of distinguished work by a Canadian writer, $25,000.
- Christopher Paul Curtis (Windsor, ON): Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People, $25,000.
- Alissa York (Toronto): Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, honouring a writer of fiction in mid-career, $25,000.