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JUNE 2012

Trillium 25 logoJoin Us in Celebrating Ontario's 25th Trillium Book Award Finalists!

On May 9, 2012, OMDC's President and CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone announced the shortlist for the 25th Annual Trillium Book Award / 25e édition du Prix littéraire annuel Trillium and the finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both the English and French categories.

"Ontario's literary talent continues to capture attention on the world stage and provides readers across the province with important and enduring stories that celebrate our culture and identity. Congratulations to the short-listed authors and their publishers for their contributions to our creative economy."- The Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

This year's six English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium are:

(L to R English Finalists) Tony Burgess,
David Bezmozgis, Kristen den Hartog,
Helen Guri, Nick Thran and Phil Hall.
  • Ken Babstock, Methodist Hatchet,
    House of Anansi Press
  • David Bezmozgis, The Free World,
    HarperCollins Publishers
  • Tony Burgess, Idaho Winter,
    ECW Press
  • Kristen den Hartog, And Me
    Among Them
    Freehand Books
  • David Gilmour, The Perfect
    Order of Things
    Thomas Allen Publishers
  • Phil Hall, Killdeer,


This year's three Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language are:

  • Helen Guri, Match, Coach House Books
  • Jacob McArthur Mooney, Folk, McClelland & Stewart
  • Nick Thran, Earworm, Nightwood Editions

This year's five French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium are:

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(L to R French Finalists)
François Baril Pelletier, Michèle Vinet,
Monia Mazigh, Joëlle Roy and Yann Garvoz
  • Yann Garvoz, Plantation
    Éditions Maurice Nadeau
  • Maurice Henrie, L'enfanCement,
    Éditions Prise de parole
  • Monia Mazigh, Miroirs et mirages,
    Éditions L'Interligne
  • Joëlle Roy, Xman est back
    en Huronie
    Éditions David
  • Michèle Vinet, Jeudi Novembre,
    Éditions Prise de parole


This year's three Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language are:

  • Sonia Lamontagne, À tire d'ailes, Éditions Prise de parole
  • François Baril Pelletier, Apocryphes du coeur, Éditions David
  • Aurélie Resch, Cendres de lune, Éditions L'Harmattan

May 9, 20 12 – 25 Trillium Book Award Shortlist Announcement Facebook gallery.

As part of the celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Award, the public are invited to attend an evening event on June 19, 2012 where the finalists for this year will read from their nominated works. In addition, two panels will discuss the top favourite winning titles for the Trillium Book Award from previous years as selected in a public contest run by Open Book. A celebrity critics panel will discuss the top favourite English titles, while a panel of students from The Toronto French School will discuss the favourite French titles (which were all in the Children's Literature category). The event will be held in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon,Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street (doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the readings beginat 7:00 p.m.). If you are interested in attending this public event, please contact for details.

"For 25 years, the Trillium Book Award has been celebrating Ontario's renowned authors whose stories have captured the imaginations of millions of readers worldwide and made our province synonymous with great literature. Congratulations to all the finalists for their stunning achievement in joining their distinguished predecessors – and also to their publishers, whose support is vital to their success." - Kevin Shea, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

On June 20, 2012 the Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will announce the winners in Toronto at a dinner. Previous winners of the Award will be in attendance to help celebrate the 25th anniversary.

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