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Lisa Moore is the author of Caught, which was a finalist for the 2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and later adapted into a CBC television series; February, which was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won 2013’s CBC Canada Reads; and Alligator, which was a finalist for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the 2006 Commonwealth Fiction Prize. Also a writer of short stories, her collection Open was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2002. Moore often sets her stories in Newfoundland, where she was born, raised, and now 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)

Works recognized by WT



Degrees of Nakedness