We couldn’t be more thrilled to congratulate James Maskalyk and David Chariandy on winning the Nonfiction and Fiction Writers’ Trust Awards last night!
James was awarded the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for his book, Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine, and David received the $50,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Brother.
The jury praised Maskalyk’s work for revealing the “compelling universal truths about the power, and limits, of medicine, the strength of human will, and the fragile, infinitesimal gap between dying and living.”
Brother, also shortlisted for the Giller Prize, was noted by the jury for its “stunning lyrical writing, pitch perfect pacing, and unexpected humour.”
Not to mention Kyo Maclear was one of five finalists for the Hilary Weston Nonfiction prize for her beautiful memoir, Birds, Art, Life! The jury called it “a poetic and philosophical ode to life and art, with birds as the motivating force.”
Congrats again to our wonderful authors for being recognized by one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards!