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Trillium Book Award 30th Anniversary Readings


This year the Trillium Book Award celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation had organized a series of readings to commemorate this important milestone for one of Canada's most prestigious literary prizes. There will be readings held in Peterborough, Guelph, Toronto, and Ottawa, with guest authors attending from across Ontario. All of the attending authors are Trillium winners or finalists from past years. 

The Trillium Book Award was created in 1987, "to recognize a book of literary excellence which furthers the understanding of Ontarians and Ontario society," and to support Ontario's publishing industry and writing communities. The inaugural Trillium went to Michael Ondaatje, for In the Skin of a Lion, and following winners included literary luminaries such as: Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Jane Urquhart, Dionne BrandAndré Alexis, Alistair MacLeod, Thomas King, and many more. Since 1994, the award has expanded to include French and English language works, and, in 2003, there were French and English language awards given to an overall winner, and the best work of poetry by an Ontario author. 

Starting this Thursday, March 2017, the Trillium Book Award 30th Anniversary Readings will land in Peterborough, Ontario, hosted by Trent University. Among the visiting readers are Peterborough authors Andrew Forbes, Janette Platana, and Caroline Durand, all 2016 finalists. They will be joined by Jeramy Dodds, Rabindranath Maharaj, and 2016 winner, Kevin Hardcastle.

All of the events are free and open to the public. So, everyone is encouraged to come by and see some of Ontario's best authors read from their work. 

The full listings for the Trillium Book Award 30th Anniversary Readings are listed below (as found on the OMDC website):

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It’s the 30th Anniversary of the Trillium Book Award/ Prix Trillium

Be Part of Ontario’s Celebration!

To celebrate this occasion we are hosting a series of author readings by several previous winners and last year’s finalists.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Readings will begin at 7:00 p.m. These readings are free and open to the public but we do ask that you register for attendance. Readings will take place on the following dates:

March 9, 2017 – Peterborough
March 16, 2017 – Guelph
March 27, 2017 – Toronto
April 25, 2017 – Toronto
May 3, 2017 - Ottawa

Please check out the information below for the specific details:

Peterborough Author Readings

March 9, 2017 – Bagnani Hall, Catherine Parr Traill College, Trent University
                           310 London Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 2Z4

Participating Authors:

Jeramy Dodds, Crabwise to the Hounds
Caroline Durand, Nourrir la machine humaine
Andrew Forbes, What You Need
Kevin Hardcastle, Debris
Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy
Janette Platana, A Token of My Affliction

Register to attend at:

Guelph Author Readings

March 16, 2017 – The Arboretum, University of Guelph
                             College Avenue East, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Participating Authors:

Madhur Anand, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes
Kevin Connolly, drift
Kevin Hardcastle, Debris
Jeff Latosik, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger
Pasha Malla, The Withdrawal Method

Register to attend at:  

Toronto Author Readings

March 27, 2017 – Alliance Française de Toronto
                             24 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7

Participating Authors:

Marguerite Andersen, Le figuier sur le toit; La mauvaise mère
Claude Forand, Un moine trop bavard
Andrée Lacelle, Tant de vie s’égare
François Paré, La distance habitée
Micheline Marchand, Mauvaise mine
Daniel Marchildon, La première guerre de Toronto
Paul Savoie, Crac; Bleu bémol

Register to attend at:

Toronto Author Readings

April 25, 2017 – Great Hall, St. Paul’s Bloor Street
                           227 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1C8

Please save the date and check back shortly for list of participating authors and more information.

Ottawa Author Readings

May 3, 2017 – Mac Hall, Bronson Centre
                        211 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5

Please save the date and check back shortly for list of participating authors and more information. This will be a bilingual reading with authors reading in both English and French.

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About the OMDC:

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, is the central catalyst for the province's culture media sector including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries. /  La Société de développement de l’industrie des médias de l’Ontario (SODIMO), organisme relevant du ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Sport, est le principal catalyseur du groupe de médias culturels de la province, lequel comprend les industries de l’édition de livres et de revues, du cinéma et de la télévision, des produits multimédias interactifs numériques et de l’enregistrement sonore.