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Finalists for Trillium Book Award Announced

Ontario Authors shortlisted for Prestigious Literary Prize

TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2013 Annual Trillium Book Award, Ontario’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 2013 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.


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

  • Tamara Faith Berger, Maidenhead (Coach House Books)
  • Steven Heighton, The Dead Are More Visible (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
  • Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian (Doubleday Canada)
  • Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Emily Schultz, The Blondes (Doubleday Canada)
  • Linda Spalding, The Purchase (McClelland & Stewart)


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

  • Claude Guilmain, Comment on dit ça, « t’es mort », en anglais?(Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Christel Larosière, (pseudonym of Daniel Soha), Le manuscrit (Éditions du Gref)
  • Marie-Josée Martin, Un jour, ils entendront mes silences (Éditions David)
  • Michèle Matteau, Avant que ne tombe la nuit (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Paul Savoie, Bleu bémol (Éditions David)


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

  • Mathew Henderson, The Lease (Coach House Books)
  • Sandy Pool, Undark: An Oratorio (Nightwood Editions)
  • Matthew Tierney, Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books)


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

  • Claude Forand, Un moine trop bavard (Éditions David)
  • Michèle Laframboise, Mica, fille de Transyl (Éditions Vents d’Ouest)
  • Daniel Marchildon, Les guerriers de l’eau (Les Éditions du Vermillon)

The public is invited to attend an event on June 17, 2013 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 18, 2013 the Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, will announce the winners in Toronto at an awards presentation dinner.


 “I am pleased to congratulate our acclaimed authors and celebrate their valued contributions and achievements in literary excellence.  The Trillium Book Awards shine a bright spotlight on the wealth of creative talent in Ontario’s literary community.  Our gifted authors and poets enhance our province’s cultural landscape, support a thriving publishing industry and help to define our unique sense of identity as a  province.”

— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

 This year’s Trillium Book Award shortlist reflects the remarkable breadth, depth and diversity of Ontario’s authors. Our province 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 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.
  • 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 Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, contributing $1.32 billion to the economy.



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:               

Dane Gergovich, Trillium Publicist                

Media Profile, (416) 342-1816

E-mail: dane.gergovich@mediaprofile.com

Contact for OMDC:

Sharon Wilson, OMDC Communications Officer

(416) 642-6616 E-mail: swilson@omdc.on.ca


Contact for Minister Chan:

Jasmine Gill, Minister’s Office, 416-325-1759

Denelle Balfour, Communications Branch, 416-212-3928

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