Trillium Book Award

The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium is an annual book prize sponsored by the government of Ontario and is currently administered by one of its agencies, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). The Trillium Book Award was created in l987 by Wilfried (Wil) Vanderelst, then Director of the Libraries and Community Information Branch, with the support of David Silcox, Deputy Minister, and… (more)

 

2013 selection

Dear Life: Stories

Trillium Book Award 2013

by Alice Munro

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE© IN LITERATURE 2013

New York Times Notable Book

Washington Post Notable Work of Fiction

A Best Book of the Year: The Atlantic, NPR, San Francisco ChronicleVogue, AV Club...


2010 selection

The Boy in the Moon

RBC Taylor Prize 2010, Trillium Book Award 2010

by Ian Brown

A New York Times Top 10 Book of 2011

“[A]n intimate glimpse into the life of a family that cares around the clock for a disabled child, that gets so close to the love and despair, and the complex questions...


2008 selection

Helpless

Trillium Book Award 2008

by Barbara Gowdy

From the internationally acclaimed author of The White Bone and The Romantic, a haunting and suspenseful novel of abduction and obsessive love Nine-year-old Rachel Fox has the face of an angel, a heart-stopping...


2006 selection

Sweetness in the Belly

Trillium Book Award 2006

by Camilla Gibb

Like Brick Lane and The Kite Runner, Camilla Gibb’s widely praised new novel is a poignant and intensely atmospheric look beyond the stereotypes of Islam. After her hippie British parents are murdered, Lilly...


2003 selection

Testament: A Novel

Trillium Book Award 2003

by Nino Ricci

A stunning fictional biography, Testament presents the earthly life of Jesus from the perspectives of four fascinating figures. In powerful accounts colored by their own beliefs and desires, the following men...


2002 selection

Clara Callan

Trillium Book Award 2002, Giller Prize 2001, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2001

by Richard B. Wright

In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape...


1999 selection

The Love of a Good Woman: Stories

Trillium Book Award 1999, Giller Prize 1998

by Alice Munro

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

In eight new stories, a master of the form extends and magnifies her great themes--the vagaries of love, the passion that leads down unexpected paths, the chaos...


1997 selection

Fugitive Pieces: A Novel

Women's Prize for Fiction 1997, Trillium Book Award 1997

by Anne Michaels

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Lannan Literary Fiction Award

Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award

 

In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried...


1996 selection

The Jade Peony

Trillium Book Award 1996

by Wayson Choy

Chinatown, Vancouver, in the late 1930s and ‘40s provides the setting for this poignant first novel, told through the vivid and intense reminiscences of the three younger children of an immigrant family. They...


1994 selection

The Robber Bride

Trillium Book Award 1994

by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom," a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by...


1993 selection

The English Patient

Trillium Book Award 1993, Man Booker Prize 1992

by Michael Ondaatje

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted...


1992 selection

Wilderness Tips

Trillium Book Award 1992

by Margaret Atwood

In each of these tales Margaret Atwood deftly illuminates the single instant that shapes a whole life: in a few brief pages we watch as characters progress from the vulnerabilities of adolescence through the...


1991 selection

Friend of My Youth: Stories

Trillium Book Award 1991

by Alice Munro

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE® IN LITERATURE 2013

The ten miraculously accomplished stories in Alice Munro's Friend of My Youth not only astonish and delight but also convey the unspoken mysteries at the heart...


1988 selection

In the Skin of a Lion

Trillium Book Award 1988

by Michael Ondaatje

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire...


for Poetry category winners

2013 selection

Probably Inevitable

Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2013

by Matthew Tierney

"Matthew Tierney writes poems like a mad boy scientist." – Eye Weekly


2008 selection

Human Resources

Trillium Book Award for Poetry 2008

by Rachel Zolf

Write for buyers. Write for bosses. Think hyper. Think branding. Tell your visitor where to go. Poetry and ‘plain language’ collide in the writing machine that is Human Resources. Here at the intersection...