Friday, May 29, 2009

a patch of trilliums

The Trillium Book Award finalists were announced this week. Gaze in wonder at the literary talent Ontario produces (in two languages!):

French Book Award

• Marguerite Andersen, Le figuier sur le toit (Éditions L’Interligne)
• Hédi Bouraoui, Cap Nord (Éditions du Vermillon)
• Daniel Marchildon, L’eau de vie (Éditions David)
• Melchior Mbonimpa, La terre sans mal (Prise de parole)
• Nancy Vickers, Aeterna: Le jardin des immortelles (Éditions David)

French Children’s Literature Award

• Michèle Laframboise, La Quête de Chaaas, tome 1 (Éditions Médiaspaul)
• Françoise Lepage, Les chercheurs d’étoiles (Éditions L’Interligne)
• Paul Prud’Homme, Les Rebuts: Hockey 2 (Éditions du Vermillon)

English Book Award

• Kevin Connolly, Revolver (House of Anansi Press)
• Helen Humphreys, Coventry (HarperCollins Canada)
• Ibi Kaslik, The Angel Riots (Penguin Canada)
• Pasha Malla, The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi Press)
• Nino Ricci, The Origin of Species (Doubleday Canada)
• Charles Wilkins, In the Land of Long Fingernails (Penguin Canada)

English Poetry Award

• Jeramy Dodds, Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books)
• Joanne Page, Watermarks (Pedlar Press)
• Adam Sol, Jeremiah, Ohio (House of Anansi Press)

Confused as to why there's no French language poetry award? Don't be -- the French language poetry Trillium takes every second year off, and the French language children's award takes its place.

One thing that's apparent to me from the English list -- we have a generation of literary heavy hitters coming to the plate in this province. Count on seeing many of these names on many shortlists for years to come.

Full Trillium Award info at the Ontario Media Development Corporation's website.

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