Featuring the presentation of seven literary prizes and more than $260,000 to Canadian writers, including the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. Watch a livestream of the 2017 awards at writerstrust.com/WTAwards.
Zoe Whittall’s third novel, The Best Kind of People, published by House of Anansi, is being adapted for feature film by Sarah Polley and was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, named Indigo’s #1 Book of 2016, and selected as a best book of the year by The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and the National Post. Whittall has worked as a TV writer on The Baroness Von Sketch Show, which Vogue called “the best thing out of Canada since Ryan Gosling,” Schitt’s Creek, and more. She has also written three volumes of poetry, most recently a tenth anniversary re-issue of The Emily Valentine Poems, and the novels Bottle Rocket Hearts and Holding Still for as Long as Possible, which won a Lambda Literary Award and was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Her next novel, The Spectacular, is forthcoming with Ballantine Books in the U.S. and HarperCollins Publishers in Canada. Born in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Whittall has an MFA from the University of Guelph and lives in Toronto.
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Awards Announced at the Ceremony:
Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Single Book • Publisher Submission
Winner $60,000 • Finalists $5,000
Sponsored by The Hon. Hilary M. Weston, CM, CVO, OOnt
Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
Single book • Publisher Submission
Winner $50,000 • Finalists $5,000
Sponsored by Rogers
Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life
Sponsored by Marla and David Lehberg
Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize
Sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation
Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People
Sponsored by the Metcalf Foundation
Writers’ Trust Engel Findley Award
Sponsored by the Writers' Trust Board of Directors, Pitblado Family Foundation, and Michael Griesdorf Fund