OMDC Newsletter
November 2014

OMDC-Supported Event: Inspire! The Toronto International Book Fair

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair, taking place November 14-16, 2014 at the Toronto Metro Convention Centre, is a new Canadian consumer book fair. It is a “book exposition for all things print and digital, appealing to English-language and diverse-language book lovers of all genres and formats.”

Hosting international, national, regional and local exhibitors, it will be part exhibition, part market and part cultural festival, and will embrace all facets of the book trade. Book lovers will be able to connect in the most immediate ways with those who write and with those who produce the books they love; a place where people can reconnect with the passion and enchantment of the world of reading.

For ticket information and program line-up of authors and events, visit Be sure to visit Ontario’s fabulous indie publishers in the Discovery Pavilion, Row 200.

Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Ken Babstock who is the recipient of the first annual Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, a new, annual literary award given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry. Ken Babstock’s most recent collection is the highly anticipated On Malice published by Coach House Books. His previous collections include Methodist Hatchet (House of Anansi), which won the Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, Mean, winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, Days into Flatspin, winner of a K. M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht, winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and finalist for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Winterset Prize.

Hilary Weston and the Writers' Trust Prize Winner


Naomi Klein
for This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
(Knopf Canada)

Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist

Congrats to these Ontario authors on the shortlist:

  David Bezmozgis
The Betrayers
published by HarperCollins Canada
Read the first few pages.
  Frances Itani
published by HarperCollins Canada
Read the first few pages.
  Miriam Toews
All My Puny Sorrows
published by Knopf Canada
Read the first few pages.

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Winner

  Miriam Toews (Toronto)
All My Puny Sorrows
Published by Knopf Canada

The Governor General's Literary Awards 2014

Congratulations to these Ontario authors and Ontario publishers  selected as finalists for the 2014 Governor General Literary Awards.  For the full list of finalists click here.

The winners will be announced on November 18, 2014.

English-language finalists

Thomas King, (Guelph, Ont.) – The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Publishers)    


Sadiqa de Meijer, (Kingston) – Leaving Howe Island (Oolichan Books)   Julie Joosten, (Toronto) – Light Light (BookThug*)
Christopher Levenson, (Vancouver) – Night Vision (Quattro Books*)   Garth Martens, (Victoria) – Prologue for the Age of Consequence (House of Anansi Press*)
Arleen Paré, (Victoria) – Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books*)    


Rick Chafe, (Winnipeg) – The Secret Mask (Playwrights Canada Press*)   Sean Dixon, (Toronto) – A God in Need of Help (Coach House Books*)
Janet Munsil, (Victoria) – That Elusive Spark (Playwrights Canada Press*)   Jordan Tannahill, (Toronto) – Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press*)


Michael Harris, (Toronto) – The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We've Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins Publishers)   Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo, (Fort Albany, Ont. /Toronto) – Up Ghost River: A Chief's Journey through the Turbulent Waters of Native History(Alfred A. Knopf Canada, a division of Random House of Canada)

Children’s Literature (Text)

Lesley Choyce, (East Laurencetown, N.S.) – Jeremy Stone (Red Deer Press*)   Mariko Tamaki, (Oakland, Calif.) – This One Summer (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press*)

Children’s Literature (Illustration)

Marie-Louise Gay, (Montreal) – Any Questions? text by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press*)   Qin Leng, (Toronto) – Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, text by Chieri Uegaki (Kids Can Press*)
Jillian Tamaki, (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – This One Summer, text by Mariko Tamaki (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press*)    

Translation (French to English)

Rhonda Mullins, (Montreal) – Guyana (Coach House Books*)    

*Ontario publisher