Winners for 30th Trillium Book Award Announced

 Four Ontario Authors Receive Province's Top Literary Award

TORONTO, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Media Development Corporation has awarded over $75,000 in prizes to exceptional authors and publishers at the 30th Trillium Book Award, Ontario's highest literary honour, at a gala event in Toronto. The winners are:

  • WINNER  | Trillium Book Award
    Melanie Mah, The Sweetest One | Cormorant Books

  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award (French)
    Jean Boisjoli, La Mesure du temps | Éditions Prise de parole

  • WINNER  | Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English)  
    Meaghan Strimas, Yes or Nope | Mansfield Press

  • WINNER | Trillium Book Award for Children's Literature (French)
    Pierre-Luc Bélanger, Ski, Blanche et avalanche| Éditions David

Prizes are distributed as follows: Trillium Book Award winners in English-language and French-language receive $20,000 each. Publishers of the winning books each receive $2,500 towards book promotions. The winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English-language) and the Trillium Book Award for Children's Literature (French-language) receive $10,000 each; their publishers receive $2,000 each. All finalists also receive a $500 honorarium.

"I am delighted to congratulate all of this year's winners and finalists of the Trillium Book Award for their outstanding achievements and contribution to Canadian literature. During Ontario's 150th anniversary year I am especially proud that the Trillium Book Award, Ontario's pre-eminent literary award, reminds us of the excellence of our authors and invites us to embrace the culture of inclusion, innovation and opportunity that defines this great province."
- Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 

"We applaud the extraordinary literary talent of the 30th anniversary Trillium Award winners and congratulate all of this year's nominees on their tremendous accomplishments. OMDC is also proud to support the publishers of this year's winners and we thank them for the important contribution that they make to ensuring the success of their authors and to the stellar reputation of Ontario's billion dollar publishing industry, both at home and around the world."
- Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation


  • The Trillium Book Award, Ontario's highest honour, is also amongst the most highly regarded literary awards in the country and around the world.

  • Previous winners include world-renowned writers Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Alice Munro, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.

  • The Trillium Book Award for Poetry recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry.

  • Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, with operating revenues of $1.23 billion.

The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award (Backgrounder) in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works. Ontario Media Development Corporation manages the Trillium Book Awards.

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario's cultural media industries including book and magazine publishing, film and television, music and interactive digital media industries.

Ontario is a global hub for content creation and distribution. From digital innovation to literature, Ontario's cultural sectors contribute billions of dollars to the economy, employ hundreds of thousands of people and power some of the world's most innovative content.

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SOURCE Trillium Book Awards

For further information: Info for Trillium Book Award Finalists: Sherline Joe | Media Profile | 416.342.1852,; Ontario Media Development Corporation |, Suzan Ayscough | Head of Communications | 416.642.6619,; Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport |, Jeff Costen | Minister's Office | 416.314.4266,; Denelle Balfour| Communications Branch | 416.326.1724,

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