As part of its annual festival, the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival will be awarding its literary prizes later this week at the festival’s in-person events. Haisla/Heiltsuk novelist Eden Robinson and Cree writer and playwright Tomson Highway are among this year’s award winners.
On May 7, Robinson will be awarded the Blue Metropolis First Peoples’ Literary Prize. The prize is being awarded this year in partnership with the Indigenous Voices Awards for the first time. Also on May 7, Highway will be named the winner of the Blue Metropolis Violet Literary Prize, which is awarded annually to a Canadian LGBTQ+ writer for their body of work.
The other award winners are:
- Blue Metropolis Words for Change Prize: French-Senegalese writer David Diop
- Premio Metropolis Azul: Columbian writer and journalist Juan Gabriel Vásquez
- Blue Metropolis Science and Literature Prize: writer and astrophysicist Hubert Reeves
- FRQSC-Science and Literature Prize for emerging researchers: Élaine Després
- Lumières sur la pauvreté Prize: Quebec anthropologist and artist Francine Saillant
The Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival runs online from April 28 to May 4 and in Montreal with live, in-person events from May 5 to 8.