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Finalists for 2014 Trillium Book Award Announced

TORONTO – Six English books and five French have been shortlisted for the 2014 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. This year, five titles are also short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry; three in English and two in French.

For detailed information on all the 2014 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.

English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium:

  • Craig Davidson, Cataract City (Doubleday Canada)
  • Barry Dempster, The Outside World (Pedlar Press)
  • Lorna Goodison, Supplying Salt and Light (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Helen Humphreys, Nocturne (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Hannah Moscovitch, This is War (Playwrights Canada Press)
  • Peter Unwin, Life Without Death and Other Stories (Cormorant Books)


French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium:

  • Marguerite Andersen, La mauvaise mère (Éditions Prise de parole)
  • Andrée Christensen, Racines de neige (Éditions David)
  • Véronique-Marie Kaye, Afghanistan (Éditions Prise de parole)
  • Philippe Porée-Kurrer, Les Gardiens de l'Onirisphère : La révélation de Stockholm (Éditions JCL)
  • Danièle Vallée, Sous la jupe (Éditions David)


Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:

  • Austin Clarke, Where the Sun Shines Best (Guernica Editions)
  • Adam Dickinson, The Polymers (House of Anansi Press)
  • Souvankham Thammavongsa, Light (Pedlar Press)


Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language:

  • Daniel Groleau Landry, Rêver au réel (Les Éditions L'Interligne)
  • Michèle Matteau, Le fol aujourd'hui (Les Éditions L'Interligne)


The public are invited to attend a special event on June 16, 2014 where the finalists will read from their nominated works. 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 begin at 7:00 p.m.).

The winners will be announced on June 17, 2014 at a dinner in Toronto. 


“Ontario is fortunate to have a tremendous network of local publishers and so many gifted writers, whose work is in demand around the world. Congratulations to this year’s finalists – their new stories carry on a rich literary tradition and we wish them continued success.”  

- Kevin Shea, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation


  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing  in Ontario-based writers.  Award recipients  receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
  • The Trillium Book Award for Poetry recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. The Trillium Book Award for Poetry French language is awarded in alternating years with the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language. The winner for each of these awards receives $10,000 and their publisher $2,000 for promotion of the titles. Finalists for these awards also receive a $500 honorarium.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, with operating revenues of $1.32 billion.


The Trillium Book Award was established to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario authors and their works.

Contact Trillium Book Award Finalists:
Jeri Brown Trillium Publicist        
Media Profile,
Email: jeri.brown@mediaprofile.com

Contact for OMDC:
Sharon Wilson  Communications Officer
Email: swilson@omdc.on.ca