(NC) The days are getting shorter and people are beginning to spend more time indoors. This is the time of year when people start making reading lists for the fall and winter months. Ontario is home to a vibrant literary community and there are dozens of new books for keen readers this season.
The Trillium Book Awards are managed by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and celebrate our province’s diverse writing talent. The Awards were established to honour literary excellence and highlight a rich, diverse range of fiction and non-fiction titles on the annual shortlist. Previous winners have included world-renowned writers Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke and Michael Ondaatje.
This year’s nominated books will satisfy any keen reader’s appetite. Alice Munro’s expressionistic portraits of rural life in Dear Life: Stories and Matthew Tierney’s science-minded lyricism in Probably Inevitable topped their respective categories. The shortlist also featured other shining examples of great Canadian poetry and prose. From Thomas King’s personal-historical meditation on aboriginal identity (The Inconvenient Indian), to Emily Schultz’s incisive examination of female relationships during a killer-blonde apocalypse (The Blondes), to Mathew Henderson’s poetry of the oilfields (The Lease), there truly is something for everyone.
“Our writers are world-class. These works won’t just entertain – they’ll inspire, says Karen Thorne-Stone, OMDC’s President and CEO. “Ontario authors offer amazing diversity, depth, and raw talent that runs the gamut from small-town to big-city and first-time authors to established names.”
It is thanks to these and countless other talented writers that Ontario’s creative economy is thriving. These books are insightful, thrilling and simply enjoyable and they are all examples of a product generated by a creative industry that is worth $1.32 billion to our province and employs more than 4,700 Ontarians.
OMDC is dedicated to building Ontario’s creative economy. The agency supports investment and job creation in book publishing, as well as in magazine publishing, film, television, interactive digital media, and music. Through innovative funding programs and services, OMDC helps Ontario’s creative economy grow, making connections at home and abroad to develop new business opportunities and secure international sales and distribution.
Your Ont-Lit Autumn Reading List
2013 English Finalists for the Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium:
Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories (McClelland & Stewart) – category winner
Tamara Faith Berger, Maidenhead (Coach House Books)
Steven Heighton, The Dead Are More Visible (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian (Doubleday Canada)
Emily Schultz, The Blondes (Doubleday Canada)
Linda Spalding, The Purchase (McClelland & Stewart)
2013 Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English Language:
Matthew Tierney, Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books) – category winner
Mathew Henderson, The Lease (Coach House Books)
Sandy Pool, Undark: An Oratorio (Nightwood Editions)