Amazon.ca has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Writers’ Trust of Canada to support two initiatives that advance and celebrate Canadian writers and the creation of new works: the Berton House Writers’ Retreat and the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award.
“The priority of the Writers’ Trust is to nurture great Canadian writers in their efforts to entertain and inform Canadian readers,” said Peter Kahnert, Writers’ Trust Chair and Senior Vice President, Raymond James Ltd. “We are delighted that Amazon is partnering with us to achieve these goals and we are grateful for their ongoing support.”
The Berton House Writers’ Retreat is a unique literary sanctuary situated in Dawson City, Yukon. Each year it provides four professional writers the opportunity to live and work in a remote community for a three-month period. Writers receive a monthly honorarium, perform public readings, and become involved in the community. More than 50 writers have participated since the program began in 1996. The house is currently occupied by Jeanne Randolph, a cultural critic based in Winnipeg.
The Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award is an annual literary prize given, unlike most book honours, for a writer’s oeuvre rather than one single book. The award celebrates and encourages a Canadian fiction writer at the top of their game and comes with a cash gift of $25,000. Established in 2008, the prize is the product of merging the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career and the Timothy Findley Award for a male writer in mid-career. Novelist Miriam Toews was the latest recipient of the prize. This year’s award will be presented on November 1 at the Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto.
“The Writers’ Trust of Canada has been a bulwark of support for the Canadian author and publishing community for many years,” said John Nemeth, Director of Amazon.ca. “We are proud to be able to help the organization support the creation of great new works.”
Amazon.ca has been a supporter of the Writers’ Trust since 2003 through its sponsorship at the annual Politics and the Pen gala in Ottawa, the organization’s largest fundraising event.