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Colin McAdam has written for Harper’s and The Walrus. He is a past winner of the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize, and has been a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award. McAdam was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2004 for his first novel, Some Great Thing. He lives in Toronto.


Colin McAdam on A Beautiful Truth

Award History

2013 Winner

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for A Beautiful Truth

Jury Citation

“In prose both strange and startling, Colin McAdam asks what, if anything, separates the human from the animal; he answers with heartbreaking honesty. A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam tells the story of Judy and Walt, of their adopted chimpanzee Looee, and of a whole cast of other primates at a research institute in Florida. This is the kind of book you finish just to pick back up again, if only to figure out how he pulled it off.” — 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco)

2004 Finalist

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for Some Great Thing

Works recognized by WT

Some Great Thing