Winners for 21st Annual Trillium Book Award Announced

    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ -


    Winners of Ontario's foremost prize for literary excellence, the Trillium
Book Award/Prix Trillium, were announced today by the Hon. Aileen Carroll,
Ontario Minister of Culture, and Kevin Shea, Chair of the Ontario Media
Development Corporation at a luncheon held at Hart House.
    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 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French
language each receive $10,000 and their publishers receive $2,000. All
finalists receive a $500 honorarium.

    -  This year's winner for the Trillium Book Award in English-language is:
       Barbara Gowdy, Helpless (HarperCollins Publisher)
    -  The winner for the Trillium Book Award in French-language is:
       Pierre Raphael Pelletier, L'OEil de la lumière (Les Editions
       L'Interligne) (
    -  This year's English-language for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry
       Rachel Zolf, Human Resources (Coach House Books)
    -  The winner for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French-language
       Tina Charlebois, Poils lisses (Les Editions L'Interligne)


    "The Trillium Book Award gives us an opportunity to celebrate and promote
some of our finest authors," said Minister of Culture Aileen Carroll. "The
finalists and award winners have all played an important role in fostering a
culture of creativity in our province. I congratulate each of them on
receiving this distinguished prize."
    "This year's winners of the 21st Trillium Book Award reflect the talent,
diversity and appeal of Ontario's literary heritage, as well as its future,"
said OMDC Chair Kevin Shea. "We congratulate all the authors and their
publishers for continuing to enrich the lives of readers at home and around
the world."


    -  Celebrating its 21st Anniversary this year, the Trillium Book Award is
       among the most highly regarded national and international literary
       prizes. Previous winners have included world-renowned authors such as
       Margaret Atwood, Wayson Choy, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Maurice
       Henri and Michèle Matteau.

    -  According to statistics Canada, Ontario book publishers had
       $1.5 billion in revenue in 2005. The Organization of Book Publishers
       of Ontario (OBPO) estimates that the Canadian-owned share of the
       market is approximately 35%, for annual sales of approximately
       $530 million.


    The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award
( in 1987 to recognize excellence, support
marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity
of Ontario writers and writing.
    Ontario Media Development Corporation
( administers the Trillium Book Awards on
behalf of the Ministry of Culture


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                       21ST ANNUAL TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD

    The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to
recognize the literary excellence and diversity of Ontario writers and
writing. This prestigious Award is unusual because it allows entries from all
genres. Over the years it has grown in stature. Today it is considered the
province's foremost award for literature.
    In 1994, the prize was expanded to include the Prix Trillium, for
Ontario's francophone writers and their publishers. As their anglophone
counterparts, the francophone authors of each winning book are awarded $20,000
and their publishers receive $2,500 for the marketing and promotion of the
titles. Finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
    In 2003, the traditional Trillium Book Award was further enhanced with
the addition of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for new and emerging poets.
Last year an additional award was introduced for authors writing in French:
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-language. Award recipients receive $10,000 and their publishers receive

    Kevin Connolly, born in Biloxi, Mississippi, has spent most of his life
in Toronto as a poet, editor, and arts journalist. He was founding editor of
the influential 1980s literary magazine What! Connolly's first collection of
poems, Asphalt Cigar (Coach House, 1995), was nominated for the 1996 Gerald
Lampert Award and his third book of poetry, Drift, received the Trillium Book
Award for Poetry.

    Meg Taylor has worked for several years in both trade and scholarly
publishing, including as a freelance editor for Harvard University Press, and
senior editor at both Doubleday Canada and Key Porter books. In addition to
the annual Book Editing Immersion Workshop at Simon Fraser University, she
currently teaches a course in substantive and line editing at Ryerson
University while working as a freelance editor for publishers in Canada, US
and Europe

    Jan Walter is an editor, book developer, and publishing consultant who
has held executive positions with several Canadian publishing companies. She
was a partner in Macfarlane Walter & Ross, a publishing house that specialized
in quality non-fiction. Jan Walter lives in Kingston.

    Michèle Matteau lives in Cumberland in eastern Ontario. Her trilogy A ta
santé, la, has been nominated for many book awards. The first volume, Cognac
et porto, won the Trillium Award and was runner-up for the Prix des lecteurs
Radio-Canada in 2003. The third volume, Un doigt de brandy dans un verre de
lait chaud, won the Christine Dumutriu-Van-Saanen Award at Toronto's
French-language book fair, Le Salon du livre de Toronto.

    Aurélie Resch was born in Toronto and raised in the south of France. An
insatiable traveller, Aurélie Resch has a career in film, theatre, and
television, and as a writer. Her first collection of short stories, Les Yeux
de l'exil, was nominated for the Prix des lecteurs Radio Canada and for the
Christine Dumutriu-Van-Saanen Award.

    Paul Savoie is one of Canada's most prolific writers, writing in both
French and English. Originally from Saint-Boniface in Manitoba, he has lived
in Ontario since the early 1970s. He has written more than 20 books, which
include several collections of poetry, stories and translations, His book of
poetry, Crac, won the Trillium Book Award. Involved in the arts for over 25
years, Savoie also composes music for the piano.

    Coach House Books has been publishing and printing high-quality
innovative fiction and poetry since 1965. It is Canada's most venerable
literary press and has published books by Michael Ondaatje, George Bowering,
bpNichol, Christian Bok, Steve McCaffery, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill and
hundreds of others.
    (Publisher for Human Resources by Rachel Zolf)

    HarperCollinsCanada Ltd. was created in 1989, the result of the merging
of the pr American company Harper & Row and the British publisher William
Collins & Sons Canada. It is a prestigious and award-winning company with
strengths in fiction, non-fiction, children's books, cookbooks, and reference
    (Publisher for Helpless by Barbara Gowdy)

    Les Editions L'Interligne was founded in Ottawa in 1981. Initially it
focused on publishing history books and books on Franco-Ontarian heritage.
Since 1997, it has placed greater emphasis on fiction, publishing 10 to 15
titles a year in eight different collections. Although most of its authors
live in French Ontario and the Outaouais region of Quebec, Les Editions
L'Interligne is open to proposals from all directions.
    (Publisher for L'OEil de la lumière by Pierre Raphael Pelletier and Poils
lisses by Tina Charlebois)

    Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) provides a wide range of
programs and services to stimulate the growth of the province's entertainment
industry including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music
and interactive digital media industries. An agency of the Ministry of
Culture, OMDC's mandate is to build innovation, capacity and competitiveness
in Ontario by working with the cultural media industries to maximize
opportunities. In 2004, Ontario's entertainment and creative cluster
contributed nearly $10 billion to the provincial economy. In 2005, Ontario
employment in the cluster totalled approximately 185,000 people, accounting
for 42 per cent of Canada's total workforce in this cluster.


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For further information:

For further information: Contact Trillium Book Award Finalists: Daniel
Paquette, Trillium Publicist, DPPR, (416) 413-7714, E-mail:; For
French Media Relations: Véronique Alarie, DPPR, T. (416) 539-8800 x 240,
E-mail:; Contact for OMDC: Sharon Wilson, OMDC
Communications, T. (416) 642-6616, E-mail:; Contact for
Minister Carroll: Alicia Johnston, Minister's Office, (416) 325-1676; Dayo
Kefentse, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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