Toronto – November 4, 2014 – Tonight in Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, the Writers’ Trust of Canada presented six awards for literary merit and $139,000 to Canadian writers. The Writers’ Trust Awards evening is one of the richest literary prize-giving events in Canada. The Writers’ Trust supports Canadian writers throughout the year through ongoing initiatives that include additional literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat.
Miriam Toews received the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for All My Puny Sorrows, a heart-wrenching and humorous novel about the loving bond of sisterhood and the tragedy of depression. Toews previously won the award in 2008 for her novel The Flying Troutmans.
The inaugural Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, which awards $25,000 in recognition of a writer’s exceptional body of work in the field of poetry, was presented to Ken Babstock.
Three additional authors received awards for their contributions to Canadian literature through a body of work: Manitoba’s Joan Thomas, whose third novel,The Opening Sky, was recently nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award, took home the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award; Haida Gawaii, British Columbia resident Susan Musgrave, whose writing career has spanned 30 years and 27 published books of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and children’s literature, received the $20,000 Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life; and Cary Fagan, a prolific writer based in Toronto, whose body of work spans picture books, chapter books, and novels, won the $20,000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People.
The $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize went to Tyler Keevil for “Sealskin,” a short story set in a fish processing plant in the Burrard Inlet, British Columbia.
The event, which was attended by 300 guests from the literary, arts and media communities, was hosted by the arts editor of The Globe and Mail, Jared Bland.
Find detailed information about each winner and award on the Writers’ Trust website.