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About the Event

One of Canada's richest awards nights.

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

2018 Host

Zoe Whittall

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.


The Glenn Gould Studio has automated door opening buttons on their 60 inch entrance doors (the double doors both open for extra width), an accessibility ramp from the lower to upper lobby, and a gender-neutral accessible washroom.

There are two accessible spots available in the Glenn Gould Studio theatre. CBC does everything possible to accommodate special requests and be an inclusive venue. If you have any specific questions, please email

Prize Sponsors and Donors

The Hon. Hilary M. Weston
Metcalf Foundation
Latner Family Foundation
Marla and David Lehberg
James A. Michener / M&S Charitable Foundation

Government Sponsor

Canadian Heritage

Media Partners

The Globe and Mail
CBC Books


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