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Finalists for 30th Trillium Book Award

Ontario Authors shortlisted for Prestigious Literary Prize

TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2017 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in the English language and the award for Children’s Literature in the French language. For detailed information on all the 2017 Trillium Book Award finalists click here. 

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

André Alexis, The Hidden Keys, Coach House Books
Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown, HarperCollins Publishers
Danila Botha, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known, Tightrope Books
Leesa Dean, Waiting for the Cyclone, Brindle & Glass Publishing
Susan Holbrook, Throaty Wipes, Coach House Books
Melanie Mah, The Sweetest One, Cormorant Books

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

Jean Boisjoli, La mesure du temps, Éditions Prise de parole
Louis L’Allier, Nikolaos, le copiste, Éditions David
Éric Mathieu, Les suicidés d’Eau-Claire, Éditeur La Mèche
Paul-François Sylvestre, Cinquante ans de « p’tits bonheurs » au Théâtre français de Toronto, Éditions du Gref
Michèle Vinet, L’enfant-feu, Éditions Prise de parole

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

Laurie D. Graham, Settler Education: Poems, McClelland & Stewart
Meaghan Strimas, Yes or Nope, Mansfield Press
Dane Swan, A Mingus Lullaby, Guernica Editions

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

Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Ski, blanche et avalanche, Éditions David
Gilles Dubois, Nanuktalva, Éditions David
Daniel Marchildon, Zazette, la chatte des Ouendats, Soulières Éditeur

The winners will be announced on June 20, 2017 at a dinner to be held in Toronto.


“I am proud to recognize the talented authors shortlisted for this year’s Trillium Book Award. Ontario’s literature is a window into our province’s unique experience, which is all the more relevant in Ontario’s 150th anniversary year. Through their work, these authors are helping us embrace the culture of inclusion, innovation and opportunity that defines Ontario - and they are proof that some of the greatest literature is penned right here at home.”
- Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 

“Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, with operating revenues of $1.23 billion. OMDC is proud to celebrate Ontario’s talented writers and our thriving publishing industry, through the Trillium Book Award.” 
- Mark Sakamoto, 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, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.

  • Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, with operating revenues of $1.23 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.

Info for Trillium Book Award Finalists 
Sherline Joe | Media Profile | 416.342.1852

Ontario Media Development Corporation | www.omdc.on.ca
Suzan Ayscough | Head of Communications | 416.642.6619

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport | Ontario.ca/mtcsnews
Jeff Costen | Minister’s Office | 416.314.4266

Denelle Balfour|  Communications Branch | 416.326.1724

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