Kagiso Lesego Molope, Tim Cook win Ottawa Book Awards

Kagiso Lesego Molope won the Ottawa Book Award for her novel This Book Betrays My Brother.

The Ottawa Book Award for fiction in English has been awarded to Kagiso Lesego Molope for her novel This Book Betrays My Brother (Mawenzie House).

It was an evening of honouring literature in Ottawa. Other winners included the Canadian War Museum historian Tim Cook who received the prize for English non-fiction for The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War (Allen Lane, Penguin Random House Canada).

Tim Cook is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum. Photo: Marie-Louise Deruaz

The Prix du livre d’Ottawa award for French fiction went to Andrée Christensen for her novel L’Isle aux abeilles noires (Les Éditions David). The award for French non-fiction was presented to Yvon Malette for Entre le risque et le rêve : Une brève histoire des Éditions David (Les Éditions David).

The 2019 Archibald Lampman prize for poetry went to Jenny Haysom for her poetry collection Dividing the Wayside (Palimpsest Press).

The Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario français presented the Prix littéraire Émergence AAOF to Blaise Ndala for his book Sans capote ni kalachnikov (Les Éditions Mémoire d’encrier).

Each winner receives a prize of $7,500.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.