Last night, the Writers’ Trust Awards was a wonderful evening as Penguin Random House Canada authors won four of the major awards.
JAMES MASKALYK was announced the winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfction, a prize worth $60,000, for LIFE ON THE GROUND FLOOR: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, published by Doubleday Canada.
DAVID CHARIANDY was named the winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, which now awards $50,000 to the winner, for his novel BROTHER, published by McClelland & Stewart.
Martha Kanya-Forstner, Editor-in-Chief of McClelland & Stewart and Doubleday Canada, is the editor for both of these award-winning books, and both authors spoke about and thanked Martha from the podium last night.
SHARON BALA won the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, which recognizes new and developing writers for the best short story first published in a Canadian literary journal during the previous year. Sharon’s story “Butter Tea at Starbucks” was first published in The New Quarterly, and now appears in our JOURNEY PRIZE 29 anthology, published by McClelland & Stewart. Sharon’s first novel, THE BOAT PEOPLE, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in January, edited by Anita Chong, who Sharon recognized last night for their collaboration on THE BOAT PEOPLE and for all of Anita’s work on the Journey Prize.
BILLIE LIVINGSTON won the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, which is given to a mid-career writer in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian literature. Billie Livingston has published a number of books with Random House Canada, including The Crooked Heart of Mercy, One Good Hustle and Cease to Blush, and spoke last night of her long-time collaboration with editor and publisher Anne Collins.
In announcing the award, this citation from the jury was shared:
Billie Livingston is the real deal. Her prose stands up against this hard world and her clear vision is forgiving, furious, and tender. She understands her characters so well, and writes about vulnerability, poverty, and the profound compromises of family love with deep compassion. The children, especially, and all the criminals – con artists, thieves, and everybody hustling on the fringe – have unforgettable stories. Livingston’s writing is masterfully crafted, jammed with vivid detail, and strobed with flashes of real comedy. It emits a pure light that cuts through the darkness and leaves us laughing, mercifully, in the face of our most difficult truths.
Full details on all of the awards can be found at: http://www.writerstrust.com/WTAwards
Congratulations to all of our authors and publishers and everyone involved!!