Via the Ontario Media Development Corporation
Winners of Ontario’s foremost prize for literary excellence, the Trillium Book Award, were announced this evening by Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, at a dinner hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).
• This year’s winner for the Trillium Book Award in English-language is: Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories (McClelland & Stewart)
• The winner for the Trillium Book Award in French-language is: Paul Savoie, Bleu bémol (Éditions David)
• This year’s English-language winner for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry is: Matthew Tierney, Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books)
• The winner for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French-language is: Claude Forand, Un moine trop bavard (Éditions David)
“The works of Ontario’s gifted writers inspire the hearts and minds of people across the country and around the world. The winners of this year’s Trillium Book Award are among the best and brightest in the literary community, and I am proud to recognize their part in strengthening Ontario’s reputation for creative excellence.”
— Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
“For more than 25 years, the Trillium Book Award has honoured the contribution of Ontario’s talented authors to the cultural and economic well-being of our province. Congratulations to all of the authors and their publishers who play such a vital role in ensuring that we can share our collective stories with the world.”
— Kevin Shea, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation
• The Trillium Book Award is among the most highly regarded national and international literary prizes. Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
• The Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French-language is awarded in alternating years with the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French-language. The Trillium Book Award for Poetry recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry.
• The Trillium Book Award English-language and French-language winners receive $20,000. Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500 towards their promotional costs. The respective winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English-language and the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French-language each receive $10,000 and their publishers receive $2,000. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
• Book publishing is a $1.36 billion industry in Ontario, with 479 firms employing more than 4,700 Ontarians.
• Read about this year’s winners and finalists here.
• The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987.
• The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.