Five authors with connections to Ottawa are finalists for the 2017 Trillium Book awards.
The list includes: André Alexis, The Hidden Keys (Coach House Books) for the English award; Jean Boisjoli, La mesure du temps (Éditions Prise de parole), Éric Mathieu, Les suicidés d’Eau-Claire (Éditeur La Mèche) and Michèle Vinet, L’enfant-feu (Éditions Prise de parole) for the French award and Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Ski, blanche et avalanche (Editions David), for the Children’s award in French.
Along with Alexis, the English finalists for the Trillium Book Award are:
Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown (HarperCollins)
Danila Botha, For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I’ve Known (Tightrope Books)
Leesa Dean, Waiting for the Cyclone (Brindle & Glass Publishing)
Susan Holbrook, Throaty Wipes (Coach House Books)
Melanie Mah, The Sweetest One, Cormorant Books
The other French-language finalists are:
Louis L’Allier, Nikolaos, le copiste (Éditions David)
Paul-François Sylvestre, Cinquante ans de p’tits bonheurs au Théâtre français de Toronto (Éditions du Gref)
Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English are:
Laurie D. Graham, Settler Education: Poems (McClelland & Stewart)
Meaghan Strimas, Yes or Nope, (Mansfield Press)
Dane Swan A Mingus Lullaby (Guernica Editions)
Along with Bélanger, finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French are:
Gilles Dubois, Nanuktalva (Éditions David)
Daniel Marchildon, Zazette, la chatte des Ouendats (Soulières Éditeur)
The winners will be announced on June 20 in Toronto.
The Trillium Book Award winners get $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winners. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
The poetry award and the children’s literature award winners each receives $10,000 and their publisher $2,000 for promotion. Finalists get a $500 honorarium.
Previous winners include Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Marguerite Andersen, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.