2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist


Cary Fagan
A Bird's Eye
House of Anansi Press


Jury Citation  

Cary Fagan’s A Bird’s Eye is a delight, daring in its simplicity – a novel made more powerful by its virtuoso omissions. Fourteen-year-old magician Benjamin Kleeman narrates this poetic map of Toronto during the Depression, leading us through the bittersweet unravelling of his family and his own passions on and off stage until, from that world about to disappear, Benjamin himself vanishes. A Bird’s Eye isn’t just a book about magic; it is magic.

About the Book

Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s, young Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then with magic. Hiding his new passions from his parents — the long-suffering Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Jacob, a talented but failed inventor of elaborate mechanical devices — Benjamin begins apprenticeships in magic and life itself, learning along the way that everything is more complicated than it seems. In a classic coming-of-age story, Cary Fagan brings a gifted young man’s rise to a peculiar kind of stardom, wonderfully alive.

About the Author

Cary Fagan has published books for adults and children. His most recent collection of short stories, My Life Among the Apes, was a longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. His first novel, The Animals’ Waltz, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award and his last novel, Valentine’s Fall, was a finalist for the Toronto Book Award. Fagan is co-publisher and editor for paperplates books, a small press focused on short fiction and personal essays. He 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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