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André Alexis, Austin Clarke, Olive Senior longlisted for OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

André Alexis. (photo: Tom Sandler)

André Alexis (photo: Tom Sandler)

Three Toronto authors have been nominated for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning authors André Alexis and Austin Clarke, along with poet and novelist Olive Senior, are among nine Caribbean authors longlisted for the award.

Alexis’s Giller-winning novel Fifteen Dogs (Coach House Books) and Senior’s The Pain Tree (Cormorant Books) were nominated in the fiction category. Clarke’s RBC Taylor Prize-longlisted memoir ’Membering (Dundurn Press) was nominated for best non-fiction book.

A winner will be selected from each category – fiction, non-fiction, and poetry – to receive a $3,000 U.S. prize. One overall recipient will be awarded $10,000 U.S.

Winners will be announced on April 30 as part of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Trinidad & Tobago.