The Hamilton Arts Council announced the winners of the 21st annual Hamilton Literary Awards on Monday night at the city’s Theatre Aquarius. The awards recognize published works by authors from Hamilton and surrounding areas.
The Book of Negroes author and 2007 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recipient Lawrence Hill won the non-fiction award for Blood: The Stuff of Life (House of Anansi Press), based on his CBC Massey Lectures.
Waterdown resident and children’s literature author-illustrator Caroline Stellings won the fiction award for her YA novel The Manager (Cape Breton University Press).
John Terpstra won the poetry award for his collection Brilliant Falls (Gaspereau Press).
The second annual Kerry Schooley Book Award for a book that “exudes local flavour” went to Chris Pannell for his book of poems, A Nervous City (Wolsak and Wynn).