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message 2: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Thanks for posting Allison. My opinions, lol.

Bad Endings: "A skillfully woven tapestry of stories." I've just put on hold at the library

The Last Neanderthal: "Feminist literature of the highest order." Interesting premise but one I'm not sure I would enjoy.

Brother: "A world where beauty abounds in the most unexpected spaces." This one has been on hold since it got long-listed for the Giller as I'm pretty sure it will make the short-list.

American War: "El Akkad exposes the way the politics of resentment and revenge can fester and self-propagate."
I have no interest in this topic whatsoever, not for pleasure reading at any rate.

This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories: "A luminous interweaving of Nishnaabeg storytelling, narrative, and poetry." I read her book Islands of Decolonial Love and I didn't like it enough to read any more of her work but I do recommend reading some of her work.

message 3: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3530 comments Mod
Thanks @Allison and @Louise - Brother is on my list and I won an ARC of The Last Neanderthal which I have been saving to read before she comes to the Grimsby Author series. So many great books to read!!!

message 4: by Mj (last edited Nov 14, 2017 08:38AM) (new)

Mj @ Writers’ Trust Fans

The reception is tonight Nov 14, 2017 at 5:30 ET and the announcement is at 6:30 ET at CBC's Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. Not sure if it’s being streamed on their website. There is a small video box on their side that is currently showing pictures of last year's reception attendees via Flicker

Found something about streaming on Twitter. Will try to add to another post. I may be a twit.....but I'm not a tweeter.

message 5: by Mj (new)

Mj Can't copy but the post says

Watch the Writers' Trust Awards livestream at

This link should work:

Tonight! We're handing out over $250,000 in literary prizes to some of Canada's best writers at the 2017 #WTAwards! Watch the live stream:

3:30pm PT
4:30pm MT
5:30pm CT
6:30pm ET (Reception at 5:30 pm, Announcements at 6:30 pm)
7:30pm AT
8:00pm NT

#RogersFiction #WestonPrize #JourneyPrize #CanLit

message 6: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments Finally David Chariandy wins for Brother. And in non-fiction it goes to Life on the Ground Floor. I had really hoped Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City would win that one. That's the book I got in my Raven Reads box that I'm dying to read as soon as I find the time....

message 7: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3530 comments Mod
ugh... i missed my chance to meet David Chariandy in Hamilton a month or so ago.

message 8: by Mj (new)

Mj I opened another Writers' Trust Post under same major heading - only because this one was specifically devoted to fiction.

There were 7 Award Announcements (1 being fiction) worth $260,000 announced tonight. It was a great day for Canadian literature!!

Maybe we can merge the topics later or leave them separate, if people are specifically interested in fiction, rather than the other categories.

message 9: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3530 comments Mod
I think one is fine and will be happy to change the title of this one as there are not too many posts. thanks for posting the winners.

message 10: by Louise (new)

Louise | 1171 comments I personally don't see the need for two threads for the same award; especially when said thread only has a few posts. It will only make things messy and harder to find later on.

message 11: by Mj (new)

Mj Thanks Susan. You're welcome. I was excited about the diversity of the winners and appreciate you combining the threads.

If I could have expanded the title to include other than fiction, I would have but as you know, only the originator of a thread can made edits. I just didn't want the other winners to get buried because people thought the thread only included fiction. I was particularly pleased that Louise Bernice Halfe won the Poetry Award and Ruby Slipperjack won the Children's Literature Award.

Fyi, Louise, we're on the same page and in agreement. That's why I made a note of it in this thread and mentioned merging.

message 12: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 3530 comments Mod
Thanks MJ - please move your post over to this one and then the other thread can be deleted - i am afraid if i copy and paste, some of the links might be lost.

message 13: by Mj (new)

Mj ❀ Susan wrote: "Thanks MJ - please move your post over to this one and then the other thread can be deleted - i am afraid if i copy and paste, some of the links might be lost."

No problem. Appreciate you expanding the title.

message 14: by Mj (new)

Mj Seven Writers' Trust literary prizes worth $260,000 (including some nominees) were announced on Nov. 14, 2017. The winners were a very diversified group of Canadian authors.

Here's a link to a quick CBC Synopsis:

The 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize worth $50,000 announced Nov. 14, 2017 is Brother by David Chariandy/

The 2017 Hillary Weston Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize worth $60,000 announced Nov. 14, 2017 is Life on the Ground Floor by James Maskalyk.

The 2017 Latner's Writers' Trust worth $25,000 was won by Louise Bernice Halfe.

The 2017 Writers' Trust Engels/Findlay award worth $25,000 was won by Billie Livingston

The Matt Cohen Award: In Celebrating a Writers' Life worth $25,000 ws won by Diane Schoemperlen

The Vicky Metcalfe Award for Literature for Young People worth $25.000 was won by Ruby Slipperjack

The 2017 Writers' Trust/McClelland and Stewart Journey Prize worth $10,000 is Butter Tea at Starbucks by Sharon Bala

Article from the Toronto Star on recent Writers' Trust Award Recipients:

message 15: by Magdelanye (new)

Magdelanye | 411 comments recently read Brother and quite underwhelmed. But I've been looking forward to getting my hands on Louise Halfes poetry so this win should make it easier.

message 16: by Megan (new)

Megan | 461 comments I'm happy that Brother won. It was an emotion filled book and was, for me, a wonderful and sad look into the life of an immigrant family in the projects of Toronto.

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