Trillium Book Award Nominee Readings happening tomorrow!
I read Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress last year. You don’t need me to tell you that it’s great. She’s always great. What I loved about Stone Mattress though is that it didn’t feel like I was reading. It felt like I was remembering old stories told to me by a dear but mysterious aunt who only visits once a year, who’s seen and done more than I could possibly see and do, and who makes you believe that magic is elusive but that it exists.
Margaret Atwood is up for a Trillium Book Award this year. The awards were established to “recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario authors and their works.” For any author, receiving a Trillium Book Award is very prestigious. This year’s list of nominees are below and OMDC would like to welcome you to a free public event featuring readings by most of the nominated authors*, who will also discuss their inspirations behind their great works. Those details are below as well.
English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium:
• Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress (McClelland & Stewart)
• Dionne Brand, Love Enough (Knopf Canada)
• Kate Cayley, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press)
• James King, Old Masters (Cormorant Books)
• Thomas King, The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Publishers)
• Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo, Up Ghost River (Knopf Canada)
French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium:
• Martine Batanian, Clinique (Éditions Marchand de feuilles)
• Michel Dallaire, Violoncelle pour lune d’automne (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
• Blaise Ndala, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
• Daniel Poliquin, Le Vol de l’ange (Les Éditions du Boréal)
• Patricia Smart, De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions du Boréal)
Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:
• Brecken Hancock, Broom Broom (Coach House Books)
• Aisha Sasha John, THOU (BookThug)
• Deanna Young, House Dreams (Brick Books)
Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language:
• Diya Lim, Larouspiol suivi de Les enfants du ciel (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
• Micheline Marchand, Mauvaise mine (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
Click/tap here to reserve your spot if you are interested in attending. The event is tomorrow (Tuesday, June 16th) at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library (2nd Floor) at 789 Yonge St. Doors open at 6:30 and author readings start at 7pm. Check it out!
*Margaret Atwood is unable to attend