OMDC Newsletter
Fall 2015

Congratulations to Past Trillium Book Award Winner – Anne Michaels on Being Named Toronto Poet Laureate

On March 7, 2012, Rachel Harry emceed the Trillium Book Award Public Reading featuring past winning authors
including Anne Michaels: (L to R - Click on links to watch the author readings) Ian Brown, Anne Michaels,
Wayson Choy, Nino Ricci, Richard B. Wright, Jane Urquhart and Austin Clarke.

2015 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction - Lynn Thompson’s Birding With Yeats

Ontario author Lynn Thompson’s Birding With Yeats published by Ontario’s House of Anansi Press won
the 2015 Edna Staebler Award for creative non-fiction.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize 2015 Finalists

Congratulations to these Ontario authors and publishers on the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The winner will be
announced on November 3, 2015.

André Alexis (Toronto)
Fifteen Dogs,
Coach House Books*
  Elizabeth Hay (Ottawa)
His Whole Life
McClelland & Stewart
Pamela Mordecai (Kitchener, ON)
Red Jacket
TAP Books*
  Russell Smith (Toronto)
Confidence, Biblioasis

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 Shortlist

Congratulations to these Ontario authors* and publishers* on the Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist. Below is a list of the
five finalists on the shortlist. The winner will be announced on November 10, 2015.

  • André Alexis* for his novel Fifteen Dogs, published by Coach House Books*
  • Samuel Archibald for his story collection Arvida, published by Biblioasis*, translated from the

French by Donald Winkler

  • Rachel Cusk for her novel Outline, published by Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins

Publishers Ltd.

  • Heather O’Neill for her story collection Daydreams of Angels, published by HarperCollins

Publishers Ltd.

  • Anakana Schofield for her novel Martin John, published by A John Metcalf Book,

an imprint of Biblioasis*

Congratulations to these Ontario authors* and Ontario publishers* selected as finalists for the 2015

Governor General Literary Awards. For the full list of finalists click here.
The winners will be announced on November 10, 2015.

English-language finalists


Kate Cayley (Toronto)*
How You Were Born, Pedlar Press*

Helen Humphreys*
The Evening Chorus,
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Clifford Jackman* (Guelph, Ont.)
The Winter Family, Random House Canada / Penguin Random House Canada




Kayla Czaga (Vancouver)
For Your Safety Please Hold On, Nightwood Editions*

  Liz Howard (Toronto)
Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent,
McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada
M. Travis Lane(Fredericton, N.B.)
Crossover, Cormorant Books*
  Robyn Sarah (Montreal)
My Shoes Are Killing Me, Biblioasis*



Beth Graham (Edmonton)
The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, Playwrights Canada Press*

Tara Grammy and Tom Arthur Davis (Los Angeles, Calif./Toronto)
Mahmoud, Playwrights Canada Press*

Bryden MacDonald (Toronto)
Odd Ducks, Talonbooks
  David Yee (Toronto)
carried away on the crest of a wave,
Playwrights Canada Press*



David Halton (Ottawa)
Dispatches from the Front: Matthew Halton,
Canada's Voice at War
McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada
  Armand Garnet Ruffo (Kingston, Ont.)
Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird, Douglas & McIntyre


Children’s Literature (Text)

Caroline Pignat (Ottawa)
The Gospel Truth, Red Deer Press*
  Emil Sher (Toronto)
Young Man with Camera, Scholastic Canada


Children’s Literature (Illustrated Books)

JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith (Toronto)
Sidewalk Flowers, Groundwood Books*
  Kyo Maclear and Marion Arbona (Toronto/Montreal)
The Good Little Book, Tundra Books
John Martz (Toronto)
A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories, Koyama Press*


Translation (French to English)


David Scott Hamilton (Montreal)
Captive, House of Anansi Press*, English translation of Anabiose
by Claudine Dumont (Les Éditions XYZ)

  Lazer Lederhendler (Montreal)
The Lake, House of Anansi Press*, English translation of Malabourg
by Perrine Leblanc (Éditions Gallimard)
Rhonda Mullins (Montreal)
Twenty-One Cardinals, Coach House Books*, English translation of Les héritiers de la mine by Jocelyne Saucier (Les Éditions XYZ)


Poetry – French Language
  Non-fiction – French Language

François Baril Pelletier (Ottawa)
Les trésors tamisés, Les Éditions L'Interligne*
  Patricia Smart (Ottawa)
De Marie de l'Incarnation à Nelly Arcan : se dire, se faire par l'écriture intime,
Les Éditions du Boréal


Translation (English to French)

Christiane Duchesne (Montreal)
Élisabeth dans le pétrin, Les Éditions du Boréal, French translation of
Bernadette in the Doghouse by Susan Glickman (Second Story Press*)
  Marie Frankland (Montreal)
MxT, Éditions de l'Hexagone, French translation of MxT
by Sina Queyras (Coach House Books*)