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).
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.