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Trillium 25 logo25th Trillium Book Award Winners – Celebrating Ontario's Literary Excellence

Winners of Ontario's foremost prize for literary excellence, the Trillium Book Award, were announced on June 20, 2012. OMDC was proud to host the 25th Award Ceremony dinner with many past winners in the audience. In celebration of this year's anniversary, guests were treated to a special 25th anniversary Trillium retrospective video. OMDC's President & CEO, Karen Thorne-Stone along with Trillium emcee Heather Hiscox opened the ceremonies by thanking the jurors of this year's awards and welcoming The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Michael Chan who was present to announce the 25th Trillium Book Award winners.

"The Trillium Book Award is an opportunity to celebrate and honour Ontario's literary talent. The McGuinty government is proud of our fine authors and publishers who demonstrate year-after-year that Ontario's authors are among the world's best. Congratulations to this year's winners."— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

25 Trillium Winners - Nick Thran, Michèle Vinet, Minister Chan, Phil Hall, and Sonia Lamontagne

This year's winner for the Trillium Book Award in English-language is:
Phil Hall, Killdeer (BookThug)
  The winner for the Trillium Book Award in French-language is:
Michèle Vinet, Jeudi Novembre (Éditions Prise de parole)

Minister Chan, Jay Millar (BookThug), and Phil Hall
Minister Chan, Denise Truax (Éditions Prise de parole), and Michèle Vinet
This year's English-language winner for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry is: Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood Editions)   The winner for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French-language is: Sonia Lamontagne, À tire d'ailes (Éditions Prise de parole)
Minister Chan, Saffron Beckwith (Nightwood Editions), and Nick Thran  
Minister Chan, Denise Truax (Éditions Prise de parole), and Sonia Lamontagne


"The winners of the 25th Trillium Book Award truly represent the fabulous talent, diversity and appeal of Ontario's literary heritage, as well as its exciting future. These authors join an illustrious group of previous winners that have inspired readers for the past twenty-five years. Congratulations to all of the authors – and to the publishers who nurture them – for continuing to bring our very own stories to audiences at home and abroad." – Kevin Shea, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

English Patient   Les Rebuts : Hockey 2

As part of the Trillium 25th Anniversary celebrations, Open Book ran a public contest to select the favourite French and English titles from the previous 24 years' winners. Allan Gregg moderated the celebrity critic's panel (Mark Medley; Zaib Shaikh; Eleanor Wachtel and Matt Wells) who selected The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (McClelland & Stewart)in the English language category as their overall favourite from the public's top voted titles. A panel of students from The Toronto French School selected Les Rebuts : Hockey 2 by Paul Prud'Homme (Les Éditions du Vermillon) in the French language category as their top pick.

Special thanks to our emcee Heather Hiscox, our Trillium jurors, all our panelists and The Good Lovelies who kept the award ceremony upbeat and lively! Visit OMDC's  Facebook Trillium Book Award Ceremony Gallery for more photos.

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