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Finalists for 2015 Trillium Book Award Announced

Ontario Authors shortlisted for Prestigious Literary Prize

TORONTO – Six English  and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2015 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature.  Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and three titles for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language.

For detailed information on all the 2015 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.


English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium:

  • Margaret Atwood, Stone Mattress (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Dionne Brand, Love Enough (Knopf Canada)
  • Kate Cayley, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press)
  • James King, Old Masters (Cormorant Books)
  • Thomas King, The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo, Up Ghost River (Knopf Canada)

French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium:

  • Martine Batanian, Clinique (Éditions Marchand de feuilles)
  • Michel Dallaire, Violoncelle pour lune d’automne (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Blaise Ndala, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Daniel Poliquin, Le Vol de l’ange (Les Éditions du Boréal)
  • Patricia Smart, De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions du Boréal)

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

  • Brecken Hancock, Broom Broom (Coach House Books)
  • Aisha Sasha John, THOU (BookThug)
  • Deanna Young, House Dreams (Brick Books)

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language:

  • Diya Lim, Larouspiol suivi de Les enfants du ciel (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Micheline Marchand,  Mauvaise mine (Les Éditions L’Interligne)

The public are invited to attend a special event on June 16, 2015 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.). 

On June 17, 2015 the Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will announce the winners in Toronto at a dinner


“The Trillium Book Award is the top honour for Ontario’s literary talents and a celebration of the depth and diversity we are privileged to enjoy here in Ontario. I am pleased to congratulate this year’s gifted finalists and to recognize their important contributions towards a creative, innovative and culturally rich Ontario.”

- The Hon. Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“This year’s Trillium Book Award shortlist reflects the remarkable range of Ontario’s authors, whose compelling works contribute to the rich cultural traditions of our province and country. Ontario is very fortunate to be home to literary talent that is enjoyed around the world. Congratulations to the finalists for their magnificent achievement – and also to the publishers who support and nurture them.” 

- 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.
  • Three titles are short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry.Three titles have been short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language, which is awarded in alternating years with the Trillium Book Award for Poetry 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 billon.


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:

Jo Hatt, Trillium Book Award Publicist
Narrative PR
416-922-2211 x 3349 Email: Joanna.hatt@narrative.ca

Contact for OMDC:

Sharon Wilson, Communications Officer                                                                           

Email: swilson@omdc.on.ca  

Contacts for Minister Coteau:

Blane McPhail - Minister’s Office

416-326-9329 blane.mcphail@ontario.ca

Christy Arnold
MTCS Communications Branch

416-326-1724 christy.arnold@ontario.ca 



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