The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes the best Canadian novel or short story collection with a $50,000 award. Meet Carleigh Baker, Claire Cameron, David Chariandy, Omar El Akkad and Leanne Simpson, the shortlisted authors for this prestigious award at this exclusive event. Hosted and moderated by Becky Toyne.
The 2017 Writers’ Trust Awards will be held on November 14 at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Presented in partnership with the Writers’ Trust of Canada
Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of Canada's National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Carleigh Baker is a Metis/Icelandic writer. Her work has appeared in subTerrain, PRISM International, Joyland, and This Magazine. She won subTerrain magazine’s Lush Triumphant award for short fiction in 2012, and was nominated for the Journey Prize in 2014. Her book reviews and critical writing have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Malahat Review, The Goose, and EVENT Magazine. She lives in Vancouver.
Claire Cameron grew up in Toronto and studied at Queen’s University. She lived in San Francisco and London, UK before moving back to Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. She is a staff writer at The Millions. The Line Painter won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for Best First Novel. The Bear was a #1 national bestseller and was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. The Last Neanderthal is now a national bestseller.
David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General's Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Brother is his second novel.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a MichiSaagiigNishnaabeg writer, scholar, musician, and is a member of Alderville First Nation. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba and has lectured at universities across Canada. She is the author of three previous books, including Islands of Decolonial Love, and the editor of three anthologies. She has released two albums, including f(l)ight, which is a companion piece to this collection.
Becky Toyne has been the "Should I Read It?" columnist for Day 6 on CBC Radio One since 2010, and is a frequent contributor to the Books pages at the Globe and Mail. Her writing about books and publishing has also appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post, and on open-book.ca. In a wide-ranging publishing career spanning 15 years and two continents, Becky has edited internationally bestselling crime novels and Booker Prize-nominated fiction; managed the PR campaigns for some of Canada's most prestigious literary festivals, fundraisers and awards; and championed free expression as a member of the board of directors at PEN Canada.