2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist


Lisa Moore
House of Anansi Press



Jury Citation  

Caught by Lisa Moore marries the plot-driven urgency of a pulp thriller with the distinctive literary style for which Moore is already beloved. Following David Slaney’s dramatic prison break, and his cross country chase by Staff Sergeant Patterson, Moore manages the difficult feat of endearing both hero and villain to her reader. Even her very minor characters seem fully alive, wholly realized people. This rollicking, fast-paced book is a pleasure to read from start to finish.

About the Book

It’s June of 1978, and David Slaney has just escaped after serving four years of his prison sentence for attempting to smuggle a boat load of marijuana into Nova Scotia. He’s looking for his partner in crime, English graduate student Brian Hearn, and to rekindle a romance with the girlfriend he once left behind. He’s also on a mission to complete the job he failed at, all the while avoiding scorned past investors and a fierce tropical storm. A literary take on crime fiction, Caught is the exhilarating story of one brave criminal and his journey while on the lam.

About the Author

Lisa Moore is the author of February, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won 2013’s CBC Canada Reads; and Alligator, which was a finalist for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the 2006 Commonwealth Fiction Prize. Also a writer of short stories, her collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2002. Moore often sets her stories in Newfoundland, where she was born, raised, and now lives with her family.






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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