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Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, Thomas King among 2015 Trillium Book Awards finalists

Thomas King

Thomas King

The shortlists for the government of Ontario’s Trillium Book Awards have been announced. Prizes in four categories recognize excellent works of literature by the province’s writers published the year prior.

The finalists, who will each receive a $500 honorarium, are as follows:

English-language fiction ($20,000 prize, $2,500 to publisher of winning work)

  • Margaret Atwood, The Stone Mattress (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Dionne Brand, Love Enough (Knopf Canada)
  • Kate Cayley, How You Were Born (Pedlar Press)
  • James King, Old Masters (Cormorant Books)
  • Thomas King, The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Edmund Metatawabin and Alexandra Shimo, Up Ghost River (Knopf Canada)

French-language Fiction ($20,000 prize, $2,500 to publisher of winning work)

  • Martine Batanian, Clinique (Éditions Marchand de feuilles)
  • Michel Dallaire, Violoncelle pour lune d’automne (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Blaise Ndala, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Daniel Poliquin, Le Vol de l’ange (Les Éditions du Boréal)
  • Patricia Smart, De Marie de l’Incarnation à Nelly Arcan (Les Éditions du Boréal)

English-language poetry ($10,000 prize, $2,000 to publisher of winning work)

  • Brecken Hancock, Broom Broom (Coach House Books)
  • Aisha Sasha John, THOU (BookThug)
  • Deanna Young, House Dreams (Brick Books)

French-language children’s literature ($10,000 prize, $2,000 to publisher of winning work)

  • Diya Lim, Larouspiol suivi de Les enfants du ciel (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Micheline Marchand, Mauvaise mine (Les Éditions L’Interligne)

The finalists will read from their nominated works at a public event at the Toronto Reference Library’s Appel Salon on June 16. Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau will reveal the winners at a ceremony in Toronto on June 17.