Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


Mona Awad Wins the First Novel Award for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Last night at a reception in Toronto, Mona Awad was awarded the First Novel Award. This year was a special occasion — it is the 40th anniversary of the award (which has been sponsored by for the past ten years), and in honour of the anniversary, the prize purse was increased to $40,000.

Awad's novel, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl (Penguin Canada), was selected from a strong, six-title shortlist. The book tells the story of Lizzie, growing up in Mississauga and deeply dissatisfied with the way she looks. Praised for its humour, frankness, and insightful skewering of our cultural obsession with perfection, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl deeply impressed judges Russell Brown, Gurjinder Basran, and Nick Mount.

The In Character Interview with Susan Perly

In Susan Perly's Death Valley (Wolsak and Wynn), war photographer Vivienne Pink is tasked with taking pictures of servicemen about to head into active combat. While the men contemplate their uncertain futures, Vivienne confronts an abuser from her past. A quest for vengeance and the elusive perfect shot overlap in the Nevada Desert, as adrenaline junkie Vivienne careens towards a future she never expected. Described as “Equal parts Twin Peaks and Alice in Wonderland" by writer Michelle Berry, Death Valley is a fast-paced fiction that will leave you as scorched as the desert sun.

How to get your book published (No, Really)

by Vivek Shraya

When I asked friends what they would want to know about the literary world, the consistent response I received was: How does someone get published?

A quick Google search reveals that many, many articles have been written about this topic. Despite this, the publishing world remains inaccessible for many writers.


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