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Phil Hall wins Trillium Book Award

Phil Hall

Phil Hall is one of four Ontario writers who received Trillium Book Awards last night at a reception in Toronto.

The Perth poet won the $20,000 Trillium Book Award for his collection Killdeer (BookThug), which also received the Governor-General’s Literary Award for Poetry last fall and was shortlisted for the 2012 Griffin Poetry Prize. Hall faced tough competition from his five fellow nominees, including Griffin winner Ken Babstock (Methodist Hatchet, House of Anansi Press) and Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee David Bezmozgis (The Free World, HarperCollins Canada).

Along with his family and Killdeer designer Mark Goldstein, Hall thanked BookThug publisher Jay MillAr “for believing me when I said these were poems.” BookThug receives $2,500 to promote the title.

Nick Thran’s sophomore collection Earworm received the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, which honours literary achievement for a first, second, or third published work of poetry. His publisher, Nightwood Editions, receives $2,000.

Sudbury publisher Éditions Prise de parole had two winners last night: Ottawa writer Michèle Vinet’s novel Jeudi Novembre was named best French-language book and fellow Ottawan Sonia Lamontagne’s À tire d’ailes won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French-language.