The Quebec Writers’ Federation Literary Awards gala was held on Tuesday in Montreal.
Taras Grescoe was awarded the $2,000 Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction for Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile (HarpersCollins Canada). Grescoe, like Hage, has now been honoured with the prize three times: in 2008 for Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, and in 2000 for Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec.
Oana Avasilichioaei won the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry for We, Beasts (Wolsak and Wynn). The QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature went to Catherine Austen for 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6 (James Lorimer & Company). The Concordia University First Book Prize went to Alice Petersen for All the Voices Cry (Biblioasis).
The Prix de Traduction Fondation Cole, for a French translation of an English novel, was awarded to Ã‰ric Fontaine for T’es con, point (Les Ã‰ditions Stanké), a translation of Doug Harris’s YOU comma Idiot (Goose Lane Editions).
The literary awards totalling $12,000 were distributed by the QWF, an organization that works to ensure a place for English-language literature in Quebec culture.