2014 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist


Steven Galloway
The Confabulist
Knopf Canada



Jury Citation  

Shredding and reassembling history into a thrilling story that is part spy mystery and part historical intrigue, The Confabulist challenges our notions of what is real and what is illusion. Like a well-executed stage show, this novel does the truly remarkable on every page, creating a sprawling story with taut, precise prose. Steven Galloway manages, like his central figure, Harry Houdini, to do the seemingly impossible right in front of our eyes over and over again — even when we’re watching for it — beguiling us and making it look easy.

About the Author

Steven Galloway has written three novels: Finnie Walsh, Ascension, and The Cellist of Sarajevo, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008, and was chosen as Toronto Public Library’s One Book community read earlier this year. His books have been published in more than 30 countries and optioned for film. Galloway serves as acting chair of the University of British Colombia’s creative writing program and site on the Writers’ Trusts’s Authors’ Advisory Group. He lives in New Westminster, British Columbia.






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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