Guy Vanderhaeghe, 2021 Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist
2021 FinalistAtwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for August into Winter
"Set in small town Winnipeg against the early rumblings of the Second World War, August into Winter is a story true to its time and yet reflective of our own. Readers are welcome to take their time reveling in the work of a writer who does same. Vanderhaeghe launches his novel on a grippingly suspenseful and hilarious note — and maintains it until the last word. His mastery of the craft and generosity towards his characters’ struggles, both honourable and horrifying, are a delight to behold. August into Winter is equal parts mature love story, tension-packed manhunt, and nuanced exploration of the pursuit of personal and societal ideals."
—2021 Atwood Gibson Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good, and Steven Price)
2003 WinnerWriters’ Trust Engel Findley Award
“Ever since the publication of his first collection of stories, with their remarkable blend of gentle comedy and compassion, Guy Vanderhaeghe has refused to rely on one proven mode. His fiction has continued to explore, to revivify itself even as it matures, and to surprise and delight us anew. Whether set in the old West, or on the contemporary prairie, or in the universal city, Vanderhaeghe’s fiction rings humanly true, and in it we see each other and ourselves. A master of voice, Vanderhaeghe imbues his characters with uncommon vitality, and his psychological landscapes offer a rare mix of both heartblood and humour. His collections of stories remain some of the best this country has produced. His most recent historical novels, adventures in both content and form, have further demonstrated his artistic versatility and enriched our understanding of our Canadian past. He’s also a writer who, while maintaining depth of vision and integrity of style, dares to entertain.”
— 2003 Timothy Findley Award Jury (Sandra Birdsell, George Galt, and Bill Gaston)