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Finalists for 24th Annual Trillium Book Award Announced

Ontario Authors short-listed for Ontario’s Prestigious Literary Prize

TORONTO – Ten English and ten French books in four categories have been short-listed for the 24th Annual Trillium Book Award/ 24e édition du Prix littéraire annuel Trillium, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature.

On June 16, 2011 the public are invited to join in the celebration of the finalists of this year’s 24th Trillium Book Award with authors’ readings followed by a reception. The event will be held in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 2nd Floor, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto. On June 17, 2011 the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism and Culture, will announce the winners in Toronto at a luncheon.

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

    Emma Donoghue, Room (HarperCollins Canada)
    James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood (Random House Canada)
    Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Knopf Canada)
    Ken Sparling, Book (Pedlar Press)
    Paul Vermeersch, The Reinvention of the Human Hand (McClelland & Stewart)
    Michael Winter, The Death of Donna Whalen (Penguin Group Canada)

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

    Estelle Beauchamp, Un souffle venu de loin (Éditions Prise de parole)
    Murielle Beaulieu, Laisse-moi te dire (Éditions Médiaspaul)
    Andrée Christensen, La mémoire de l’aile (Éditions David)
    Michel Dallaire, pendant que l’Autre en moi t’écoute (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
    Didier Leclair, Le soixantième parallèle (Les Éditions du Vermillon)

  • This year’s four Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language are:

    Dani Couture, Sweet (Pedlar Press)
    Jeff Latosik, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger (Insomniac Press)
    Shane Neilson, Complete Physical (The Porcupine’s Quill)
    Peter Norman, At the Gates of the Theme Park (Mansfield Press)

  • This year’s five Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French language are:

    Gilles Dubois, La piste sanglante (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
    Sylvie Frigon, Ariane et son secret (Les Éditions du remue-ménage)
    Jean-Claude Larocque et Denis Sauvé, Étienne Brûlé : Le fils de Champlain (tome 1)
    (Éditions David)
    Daniel Marchildon, La première guerre de Toronto (Éditions David)
    Aurélie Resch, Les voleurs de couleurs (Les Éditions L’Interligne)


    “The Government of Ontario is proud to celebrate the many contributions our talented authors make in building vibrant creative communities and shaping our identity. With works that are recognized nationally and internationally our writers ensure that the province is a leader in literary excellence. Congratulations to this year’s Trillium Book Award finalists and winners!”
        - Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism and Culture

    “The Trillium Book Awards honour Ontario’s authors – whose brilliant stories have gained them a worldwide readership. We are fortunate to have an abundance of great writers in our province, and we congratulate all the finalists and their publishers for their magnificent achievement.”
        - Kevin Shea, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation


    • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature through its significant investment in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients for both English and French works receive $20,000. Their respective publishers also receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
    • Four 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. Five 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.


    The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.

    Ontario Media Development Corporation administers the Trillium Book Awards on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

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    Contact Trillium Book Award Finalists:
    Sarbjit Kaur, Trillium Publicist
    Argyle Communications, (416) 968-7311, Ext.226
    E-mail: SKaur@argylecommunications.com

    For French Media Relations:
    Leily Shafaee, French Trillium Publicist
    Argyle Communications, (416) 968-7311, Ext. 236
    E-mail: LShafaee@argylecommunications.com

    Contact for OMDC:
    Sharon Wilson, OMDC Communications
    (416) 642-6616 E-mail: swilson@omdc.on.ca

    Contact for Minister Chan:
    Mukunthan Paramalingham, Minister’s Office
    (416) 327-4365
    E-Mail : Mukunthan.paramalingham@ontario.ca

    Denelle Balfour, Communications Branch
    (416) 212-3928 E-mail : Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

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