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Trillium Award Finalists Reflect Ontario’s Diverse Authors

TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2018 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English language and French language. For detailed information on all the 2018 Trillium Book Award finalists click here. 

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves, DCB/Cormorant Books
  • Catherine Hernandez, Scarborough, Arsenal Pulp Press
  • Kyo Maclear, Birds Art Life, Doubleday Canada
  • James Maskalyk, Life on the Ground Floor, Doubleday Canada
  • Rebecca Rosenblum, So Much Love, McClelland & Stewart
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, This Accident of Being Lost, House of Anansi Press

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Maurice Henrie, Le poids du temps, Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa
  • Didier Leclair, Le bonheur est un parfum sans nom, Éditions David
  • Alain Bernard Marchand, Sept vies, dix-sept morts, Les Herbes rouges
  • Blaise Ndala, Sans capote ni kalachnikov, Mémoire d’encrier
  • Aurélie Resch, Sous le soleil de midi, Éditions Prise de parole

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

  • Pino Coluccio, Class Clown, Biblioasis
  • Puneet Dutt, The Better Monsters, Mansfield Press
  • Phoebe Wang, Admission Requirements, McClelland & Stewart

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

  • Sylvie Bérard, Oubliez, Éditions Prise de parole
  • Chloé LaDuchesse, Furies, Mémoire d’encrier
  • Christian Milat, Si je connaissais…, Éditions David

The winners will be announced on June 21, 2018 at a dinner to be held in Toronto.


“Ontario’s publishing industry makes important contributions to both our quality of life and our provincial economy.  With revenues of $1.1 billion and strong international sales to countries around the world, Ontario boasts the largest book publishing sector in Canada.  OMDC is honoured to be showcasing Ontario’s tremendous wealth of literary talent and diversity as we celebrate the 2018 Trillium Book Awards.” - Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“We are especially pleased that the 2018 Trillium Award juries have selected a diverse group of English-language authors for the short list, including Indigenous writers, and that there is strong regional representation among the French-language finalists. This cross section of authors and their chosen topics reflect the people and stories of Ontario.” – Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, 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 and in French language, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. 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.

  • Book publishing in Canada is a $1.1 billion industry, with two-thirds of revenues generated in Ontario. 


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:
Ranziba Nehrin
(416) 342-1845

Contact for OMDC:
Sharon Wilson
(416) 642-6616


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