The Writers’ Trust is one of the largest literary prize-giving organizations in the country, now annually awarding more than $250,000 to Canadian writers.
For the seventh consecutive year, IFOA is proud to present the works nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Join André Alexis, Elizabeth Hay, Pamela Mordecai, Russell Smith and John Vaillant. Shani Mootoo hosts.
The winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will be announced on November 3, 2015.
Elizabeth Hay is the author of the #1 nationally bestselling novel Alone in the Classroom, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights on Air, as well as other highly acclaimed works of fiction, including His Whole Life, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and Small Change. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa.
Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland and grew up in Trinidad. She is a visual artist, video maker and fiction writer. Her novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Lambda Award; Valmiki’s Daughter, longlisted for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize; He Drown She in the Sea, longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Award, and Cereus Blooms at Night, shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The Chapters First Novel Award, The Ethel Wilson Book Prize, and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Pamela Mordecai was born in Jamaica. She has published five collections of poetry and an anthology of short fiction. She has also written many textbooks and edited or co-edited groundbreaking anthologies of Caribbean writing. Her poetry for children is widely anthologized. Her poems have been shortlisted for the Canada Writes CBC Poetry Prize and the Bridport Prize (U.K.). She is the recipient of the Institute of Jamaica’s Centenary and Bronze Musgrave Medals, the Vic Reid Award for Children’s Writing, and the Burla Award. Mordecai presents Red Jacket, a rich and compelling tale about the agony of being made to feel different and the elusiveness of belonging. Red Jacket is nominated for the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize award.
Russell Smith is one of Canada’s funniest and nastiest writers. His previous novels, including How Insensitive and Girl Crazy, are records of urban frenzy and exciting underworlds. He writes a provocative weekly column on the arts in The Globe and Mail and teaches in the MFA programme at the University of Guelph. Smith presents his latest collection of short stories, Confidence, which was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. It shows a darker side of urban dwellers, including mommy bloggers, PhD students and experimental filmmakers.
John Valliant's first book, The Golden Spruce, was a #1 national bestseller, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the Pearson Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Award and the Roderick Haig Brown Regional Prize. The Tiger was a #1 national bestseller, a Canada Reads selection, a Globe and Mail Best Book, and won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Prix Bouvier, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the CBC Bookie Award for Best Overall Book. Vaillant is also the recipient of the 2014 Windham Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and The Walrus, among other publications. Vaillant presents The Jaguar's Children, a haunting and exquisitely written novel about the repercussions of global inequity, human indecency and an individual’s choices in the face of despair. The Jaguar's Children is a 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize finalist.