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About the Event

Join us for a lively, literary evening

With a Canadian writer at each table, the Writers’ Trust Gala is unlike any other fundraiser. Past guest authors include literary luminaries Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Clarkson, Cherie Dimaline, Emma Donoghue, Lawrence Hill, Thomas King, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Anne Michaels, and Noah Richler.

 The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the $50,000 Writers’ Trust Fellowship honouring one of the leading Canadian writers of our time. Past recipients of the Writers' Trust Fellowship are Michael Crummey, Miriam Toews, Eden Robinson, and Charles Foran.

Amy Burstyn Fritz, 2021 Co-Chair

Amy Burstyn Fritz is the co-founder and president of Burstyn Inc., Canada’s principal boutique brand building consultancy and partner to some of the world’s most influential companies, brands, cultural events, and nonprofit organizations. Amy is a fully engaged leader, championing a team of specialists known for producing goal-oriented events and shaping clients' communications strategies for contemporary platforms of influence.

Amy has an active social lifestyle with a wide network of connections that span arts and culture, fashion and lifestyle, government and public affairs. She is an active participant in Canada’s arts and culture community and volunteers with a number of not-for-profit organizations. Amy has previously served as co-chair for the Toronto Public Library Foundation’s Book Lovers’ Ball, and was in a leadership position for over 8 years volunteering with the Canadian Opera Company’s Operanation fundraiser and Opera Club Program and still sits on their event committees. She has also co-chaired the Style Advisory Council, a committee she helped develop for the Textile Museum of Canada, co-chaired the Canadian Stage Visionaries program, chaired an event for Canadian Stage’s young patrons program and been involved with event committees for the World Wildlife Foundation, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Canadian Art Foundation, The National Ballet of Canada, and the Luminato Festival.

2019 Writers' Trust Fellowship

2019 Gala Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Authors Sponsor

Reception Sponsor

Hardcover Sponsors

Lorraine Greey
Taanta Gupta
Latner Family Foundation

Paperback Sponsors

Kari Cullen
Jan Innes / Lydia Luckevich
Marla & David Lehberg
Don Tapscott & Ana P. Lopes


  • Condor Security Inc.

Mystery Shelf Sponsors

  • Apex Physiotherapy & Massage
  • Artbarn School
  • Ashford Cleaners
  • Avenue Road Arts School
  • Axe & Hatchet Grooming Club
  • Barry’s Bootcamp
  • Böehmer Restaurant
  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
  • Canadian Stage
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Crow’s Theatre
  • Drake Hotel Properties
  • DREAM Unlimited
  • Emblem
  • Esmeralda Enrique Academy of Spanish Dance
  • Factory Theatre
  • Fairmont Château Laurier
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • Forest Hill Spa
  • Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • Four Seasons Hotel Montreal
  • Grange of Prince Edward Vineyard and Estate Winery
  • HelloFresh
  • Joe Rockhead’s
  • Indoor Rock Climbing
  • Kids & Company
  • Kwäf
  • LAC + CO
  • Le Sélect Bistro
  • Metropolitain Brasserie
  • Mix Fix Beauty Lab
  • Musée national des
  • beaux-arts du Québec
  • National Arts Centre
  • One of a Kind Show
  • Out of Print Clothing
  • Prairie Fire
  • Queen Books
  • Resorts of the Canadian Rockies
  • Rose Reisman Catering
  • Roy Thomson Hall
  • Royal Canadian Yacht Club
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Scaramouche
  • Soulpepper Theatre Co.
  • St. Joseph Communications
  • Steam Whistle Brewing
  • Stratford Festival
  • Stratus
  • Sushi Making for the Soul
  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
  • Tarragon Theatre
  • the[fix]
  • The Healthy Butcher
  • The Malahat Review
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • The Royal Conservatory of Music
  • The Second City Toronto
  • The Tapscott Group
  • The Theatre Centre
  • Theatre Passe Muraille
  • VIA Rail

2019 Guest Authors

  • Sally Armstrong
  • Barry Avrich
  • Linwood Barclay
  • Randy Boyagoda
  • Lynn Coady
  • Annahid Dashtgard
  • Susan Doherty
  • Rich Donovan
  • Robyn Doolittle
  • Rebecca Fisseha
  • Charlie Foran
  • Don Gillmor
  • Melissa Gismondi
  • Samra Habib
  • Catherine Hernandez
  • Ann Hui
  • John Irving
  • Amy Jones
  • Daniel Sarah Karasik
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Shari Lapena
  • Carrianne Leung
  • Linden MacIntyre
  • Rabindranath Maharaj
  • Khashayar Mohammadi
  • Téa Mutonji
  • Carol Off
  • Heather O'Neill
  • Janika Oza
  • Anna Mehler Paperny
  • Catherine Porter
  • Andrew Pyper
  • Zalika Reid-Benta
  • Eden Robinson
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • Adam Sol
  • Moez Surani
  • Susan Swan
  • Tanya Talaga
  • Jesse Thistle
  • Ziya Tong
  • Catriona Wright
  • David Young