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TORONTO – Six English and five French books have been shortlisted for the 2016 Trillium Book Award, the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Three titles are also shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English language and French language. For detailed information on all the 2016 Trillium Book Award finalists click here.

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Lynn Crosbie, Where Did You Sleep Last Night, House of Anansi Press
  • Andrew Forbes, What You Need, Invisible Publishing
  • Kevin Hardcastle, Debris, Biblioasis
  • Robert Hough, The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan, House of Anansi Press
  • Janette Platana, A Token of My Affliction, Tightrope Books
  • Karen Solie, The Road In Is Not The Same Road Out, House of Anansi Press

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

  • Alain Doom, Un neurinome sur une balançoire, Éditions Prise de parole
  • Caroline Durand, Nourrir la machine humaine, McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • Véronique-Marie Kaye, Marjorie Chalifoux, Éditions Prise de parole
  • Didier Leclair, Pour l’amour de Dimitri, Éditions David
  • Carlos Taveira, Mots et marées, tome 2 : Les maux de Marie-Josèphe-Angélique, Les Éditions L’Interligne

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language:

  • Madhur Anand, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes, McClelland and Stewart
  • Soraya Peerbaye, Tell: poems for a girlhood, Pedlar Press
  • Damian Rogers, Dear Leader, Coach House Books

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in French language:

  • Sonia Lamontagne, Comptine à rebours, Éditions Prise de parole
  • Gilles Latour, Mots qu’elle a faits terre, Les Éditions de L’Interligne
  • David Ménard, Neuvaines, Les Éditions L’Interligne

The winners will be announced on June 22, 2016 at a dinner to be held in Toronto.


“Ontario’s authors are well known for their creativity and imagination. Each year, the Trillium Book Award recognizes the high-quality work and outstanding talent in our province’s literary community, and this year’s group of finalists is no exception. Congratulations, and thank you for helping to build Ontario’s reputation as a hub of creative excellence.”

– Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“This year’s Trillium Book Award shortlist reflects the incredible breadth, depth and diversity of Ontario’s authors. The literary talent of our province’s authors are recognized around the world. Congratulations to the finalists for their ongoing achievements, and to the publishers who support and nurture them.”

– Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation


  • The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium encourages excellence in literature by investing in Ontario-based writers.  Award recipients receive $20,000 and their respective publishers receive $2,500 to promote the winning titles. All finalists receive a $500 honorarium.
  • Three titles are short-listed for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in both English and French languages, which recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. 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.
  • Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke, Thomas King, Michael Ondaatje, Andrée Lacelle and François Paré.
  • Ontario is home to the largest book publishing industry in Canada, with operating revenues of $1.23 billion.


The Trillium Book Award was established to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario authors and their works.

Minister Coteau pays a visit to Ben McNally Books to see the shortlisted titles. (video clip)