20th Annual Trillium Book Award Shortlist Announced

    Ontario literary excellence continues to flourish

    TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Six English and five French books have been
short-listed for the 20th Annual Trillium Book Award/20e édition du Prix
littéraire annuel Trillium, the Ontario government's prestigious award for
    Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, the Trillium Book Award is among
the most highly regarded literary prizes in Canada. Ontario's vibrant
publishing industry is both an important cultural and economic contributor to
the Province's wealth.
    The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature
through its significant investment in Ontario-based writers. Award recipients
for both English and French works receive $20,000. Their respective publishers
also receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles. All finalists receive a
$500 honorarium.
    Three English titles were short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for
Poetry, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third
published work of poetry. New this year for authors writing in French is the
Trillium Book Award for Children's Literature. This Award will be offered
every two years, alternating with the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in
French. The winner for each of these awards receives $10,000 and their
publisher $2,000 for promotion of the titles. Finalists for these awards also
receive a $500 honorarium.
    "On behalf of the province and the people of Ontario, I congratulate all
the finalists. They, and the publishers who nurture their talents, enrich our
lives and make our province a better place to live." said Minister of Culture
Caroline Di Cocco. "We're proud to support our writers through these awards
because we recognize that artists reflect the best of who we are to ourselves
and to the world."
    "This year's finalists join a host of distinguished authors who have won
the Award over the past 20 years," notes Kevin Shea, Chair of Ontario Media
Development Corporation, which administers the awards. "This year, past
Trillium Book Award winners Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro and Michael Ondaatje
are nominated for the International Man Booker Prize, and Michèle Matteau and
Daniel Poliquin are finalists for this year's Prix des lecteurs de
Radio-Canada. "


    This year's English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/
    Prix Trillium are:
    Anar Ali, Baby Khaki's Wings (Penguin Group Canada)
    Dionne Brand, Inventory (McClelland & Stewart)
    Bernice Eisenstein, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (McClelland &
    Mark Frutkin, Fabrizio's Return (Knopf Canada)
    Charlotte Gray, Reluctant Genius (HarperCollins Canada)
    Wayne Johnston, The Custodian of Paradise (Knopf Canada)

    This year's French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/
    Prix Trillium are:
    Marguerite Andersen, Doucement le bonheur (Prise de parole)
    Daniel Castillo Durante, La passion des nomades (ZYZ Editeur)
    Claude Forand, Ainsi parle le Saigneur (Les Editions David)
    Daniel Poliquin, La Kermesse (Les Editions du Boréal)
    Paul Savoie, Crac (Les Editions David)

    English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry are:
    Ken Babstock, Airstream Land Yacht (House of Anansi Press)
    Adam Dickinson, Kingdom, Phylum (Brick Books)
    Anita Lahey, Out to Dry in Cape Breton (Véhicule Press)

    French Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for
    Children's Literature are:
    Mireille Desjarlais-Heynneman, La nuit où le Soleil est parti (Les
    Editions du Vermillon)
    Céline Forcier, Un canard majuscule (Les Editions du Vermillon)
    Françoise Lepage, Poupeska (Les Editions L'Interligne)

    Minister Di Cocco will announce the winners in Toronto at an awards
luncheon at Hart House on June 4, 2007. Several past and present Trillium
Award winning authors will participate in a public celebration of the Trillium
Award's 20th Anniversary held that evening at the Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront
Centre, as part of Luminato, Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity.

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: on the Trillium Book Award nominees go to
www.omdc.on.ca; Contact Trillium Book Award Finalists: Daniel Paquette,
Trillium Publicist, DPPR, T. (416) 413-7714, E-mail: dp@dppr.ca; Contact for
Minister Di Cocco: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, T. (416) 325-4071;
Contact for OMDC: Sharon Wilson, OMDC Communications, T. (416) 642-6616,
E-mail: swilson@omdc.on.ca

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