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André Alexis is a three-time finalist for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, having previously been nominated for his novels Childhood and Pastoral. His other books include the novel Asylum and Beauty & Sadness, a collection of criticism. Fifteen Dogs also won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award. Born in Trinidad and raised in Ottawa, Alexis lives in Toronto.


Andre Alexis on Fifteen Dogs

Award History

2015 Winner

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Fifteen Dogs

Jury Citation

Fifteen Dogs is an original and vital work written by a master craftsman: philosophy given a perfect form. In André Alexis’ powerful apologue, questions of knowledge and happiness, fidelity and fate are grounded in the real-world adventures of a group of dogs. Here is a beautifully written allegory for our times: one in which man’s best friend shows us the benefits of higher consciousness – the favoured bone of fact buried where we might all find it.” — 2015 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Aislinn Hunter, Shani Mootoo, and Richard Wagamese)

2014 Finalist

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Pastoral

Jury Citation

“André Alexis’s Pastoral breathes new life into an old literary form. With prose that is sharp, witty, and highly original, Alexis tells the story of a young city pastor who takes up a country parish and struggles to engage both himself and the residents of the small town of Barrow in a meaningful spiritual practice. Expertly paced and filled with memorable characters and scenes, Pastoral is a glorious, imaginative exploration of belief. A wonderful balance of elements helps to create that most impossible of things – a virtually flawless novel.” — 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Neil Bissoondath, Helen Humphreys, and George Murray)

1998 Finalist

Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Childhood

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