2013 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalist


Priscila Uppal
Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother
Dundurn Press

Priscila Uppal

Jury Citation

When scholar and writer Priscila Uppal travels to Brazil to reunite with her mother, the result is a narrative that is bizarre, hilarious, and poignantly painful. Uppal attempts to circumnavigate the truth and lies around the circumstances that caused her mother to abandon 8-year-old Uppal, her brother, and her quadriplegic father more than thirty years ago. But the deeper she goes into the past, the more she is confronted with a haunting mirror image of herself. How much of her mother’s tangled web of self-absorbed, Hollywood-inflected dramas has seeped into her own essential nature?

About the Book

Priscila Uppal was just two years old when her father swallowed tainted water in Antigua and, within 48 hours, became a quadriplegic. For a young child, her father’s health problems were another part of life, but for Priscila’s mother, the lifestyle changes were too great to bear. Priscila was just eight year’s old when her mother drained the entire family’s bank accounts and disappeared, erasing any maternal relationship with the family. Twenty years later, the internet stepped in. Priscila stumbled upon her mother online and decided to reach out; Projection is Priscila’s detailed account of a reunion in Brazil with the mother that left her motherless.

About the Author

Dubbed “Canada’s coolest poet” by Time Out London, Priscila Uppal was Olympic poet-in-residence at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and the 2012 London Summer Games. Born in Ottawa, she is now a literature and creative writing professor at Toronto’s York University. Her collection of poetry Ontological Necessities was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007. She lives in Toronto.




Woodcock Fund



Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


May 16 for books published between Mar 14 and May 15, 2018


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