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Poets dominate Trillium award nominations

Poets Ken Babstock and Phil Hall are among the nominees for the 25th annual Trillium Book Award, which recognizes books by Ontario authors published in any genre. A trio of Toronto poets have been nominated for a separate prize for emerging poets, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry.

The juries for both awards will be revealed when the winners are announced on June 20. The ceremony will be preceded by readings at the Toronto Reference Library on June 19.

The winning authors will receive $20,000, with an additional $2,500 going to their publishers for marketing support.

The nominees for the Trillium Book Award are:

  • Ken Babstock, Methodist Hatchet (House of Anansi Press)
  • David Bezmozgis, The Free World (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Tony Burgess, Idaho Winter (ECW Press)
  • Kristen den Hartog, And Me Among Them (Freehand Books)
  • David Gilmour, The Perfect Order of Things (Thomas Allen Publishers)
  • Phil Hall, Killdeer (BookThug)

The nominees for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry are:

  • Helen Guri, Match (Coach House Books)
  • Jacob McArthur Mooney, Folk (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Nick Thran, Earworm (Nightwood Editions)