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Trillium Book Awards Announce 2020 Shortlist

The Trillium Book Awards announced their shortlist Tuesday. 

Created to recognize exceptional English and French literature and poetry from Ontario, this year the prizes will feature a category for Poetry in French language, given out in rotating years with the award for Children's Literature in French language.

Recipients of the Trillium Book Award and the French-language Prix Trillium will each receive a cash prize of $20,000, with $2,500 being given to the book's publisher for promotion of the title. Those chosen to receive the English and French language Trillium Book Awards for Poetry will take home $10,000, with their publishers receiving a $2000 prize to aid in promotion.

Winners will be revealed online through Facebook on June 17.

Scroll down for a full list of nominees:

Trillium Book Award (English)

  • Sister Language, Christina Baillie and Martha Baillie (Pedlar Press)
  • Shut Up You’re Pretty, Téa Mutonji (VS. Books/Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • I Become a Delight to My Enemies, Sara Peters (Strange Light/PRHC)
  • Frying Plantain, Zalika Reid-Benta (Astoria/House of Anansi Press)
  • Clyde Fans: A Picture Novel, Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

Prix Trillium (French)

  • Moi, Sam. Elle, Janis, Jean Boisjoli (Éditions David)
  • ca,Claude Guilmain (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Mon père, Boudarel et moi,Aristote Kavungu (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Crevaison en corbillard, Paul Ruban (Flammarion Québec)

Trillium Book Award for Poetry (English)

  • Unmeaningable, Roxanna Bennett (Gordon Hill Press)
  • heft, Doyali Islam (McClelland & Stewart)
  • These are not the potatoes of my youth, Matthew Walsh (Goose Lane Editions)

Trillium Book Award for Poetry (French)

  • Fragments de ciels, Daniel Groleau Landry (Les Éditions L’Interligne)
  • Premier quart, Véronique Sylvain (Prise de parole)