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Lisa Moore is a writer of short stories and novels from St. John’s. She has won the Commonwealth Fiction Prize, CBC’s Canada Reads, and the Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award and received nominations for the Man Booker Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her third novel, Caught, was adapted into a CBC television series. Moore often sets her stories in Newfoundland, where she was born, raised, and lives with her family.


Lisa Moore on Caught

Award History

Jury Citation

“Caught by Lisa Moore marries the plot-driven urgency of a pulp thriller with the distinctive literary style for which Moore is already beloved. Following David Slaney’s dramatic prison break, and his cross country chase by Staff Sergeant Patterson, Moore manages the difficult feat of endearing both hero and villain to her reader. Even her very minor characters seem fully alive, wholly realized people. This rollicking, fast-paced book is a pleasure to read from start to finish.” — 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco)

Jury Citation

“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.”
— 2013 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award Jury (Nino Ricci, Wayne Johnston, Jane Urquart)

Program History

Works recognized by WT



Degrees of Nakedness