Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
Winner: $25,000; Finalists: $2,500
All My Puny Sorrows
In All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews manages to marry humour and grief so expertly that the most unbearable sadness is tempered by laughter and can therefore be borne. Yoli and Elf, the two sisters at the heart of the novel, are on opposite sides of a question about whether to live or die, but the love and compassion between them never falters. All My Puny Sorrows is a haunting novel of tremendous feeling, beautifully written and profoundly humane. Miriam Toews, a dazzling literary alchemist who manages to summon all the joyous and heart-breaking humanity of her characters, has produced a work of astonishing depth. Reading it is an unforgettable experience.
About the Author
Miriam Toews has written five bestselling novels including, A Complicated Kindness, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2004 and The Flying Troutmans, which won this prize in 2008.She also received the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award in recognition of her body of work. Toews lives in Toronto.
André Alexis (Toronto)
Published by Coach House Books
Steven Galloway (New Westminster, BC)
Published by Knopf Canada
K.D. Miller (Toronto)
Published by Biblioasis
Carrie Snyder (Waterloo, ON)
Published by House of Anansi
The finalists were chosen by Neil Bissoondath, Helen Humphreys, and George Murray, who read 127 books from 52 publishers. The winner was revealed on November 4 at the Writers’ Trust Awards event in Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio.
About the Writers’ Trust
The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including ten national literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.
About the Prize
The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes Canadian writers of exceptional talent for the year's best novel or short-story collection. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards event.
About the Sponsor
Rogers Communications is a leading provider of Wireless, Cable TV, High Speed Internet and Home Phone services to consumer residences and businesses in Canada. They have generously sponsored this award since it was created in 1997.