Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award
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2013 Prize Winner
At the time of the publication of her first collection of stories in 1995 it was immediately apparent that Lisa Moore was a writer of startling originality and compelling emotional truth. Since then she has been a constant and vital contributor to the world of Canadian letters, producing one acclaimed work of fiction after another, as well as writing articles and compiling anthologies. While her canvas is contemporary Newfoundland – in particular the city of St. John’s where she lives – her understanding and portrayal of human character and relationships is universal. We fully expect further greatness from her, and are confident that her already extensive readership will continue to grow.
Degrees of Nakedness (1995)
About the Author
Lisa Moore is the author of three novels and two collections of short stories. In 2006, she won the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best book for her first novel, Alligator. She was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won CBC’s Canada Reads competition for her second novel, February, which is based on the tragic true story of the 1982 Ocean Ranger oil-rig disaster. Earlier this year, Moore was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize for the third time for her latest novel Caught. She was also finalist for this year’s Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Moore grew up on the outskirts of St. John's, and still makes her home there — and her writing is strongly influenced by her life in Newfoundland. She originally intended to be a visual artist (she attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), and she continues to paint today, but she shifted her primary focus to writing after joining the writing group Burning Rock at Memorial University.
About the Prize
The Writers' Trust Engel Findley Award is given to a mid-career writer in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian literature. Writers are judged on their body of work – no less than three works of literary merit which are predominantly fiction – rather than a single book. All Canadian writers are considered and no age or gender restrictions apply. The winner is selected by a three-member, independent judging panel. (Established in 2008, the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award was created by merging two previously existing prizes: the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career, given from 1986-2007, and the Timothy Findley Award for a male writer in mid-career, awarded between 2002 – 2007.)