Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015


The Burden of Positivity

by Jael Richardson

As a writer, reader and reality TV watcher, Canada Reads masterfully combines some of my favourite practices and past-times in a nation-wide, televised battle of the books. And while I enjoyed the 2016 debates – watching national celebrities compassionately defend great, Canadian stories – there was one comment by defender Farah Mohamed regarding Tracey Lindberg’s Birdie that irked me, and I’ve been wrestling with her words since March.

“I was really hoping that it would be a book that would not be like the stories we have heard,” she said. “I am so desperate to read a story about an Aboriginal woman that doesn’t necessarily go through all of this.”

#WritingTips Mondays: Toni Morrison on How Plot is Like Melody

Toni Morrison is a writer who needs no introduction. Her epic, revolutionary novels include The Bluest Eye, Sula, and Beloved. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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.


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