Trillium shortlist emphasizes books by women

June 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The shortlist for the 23rd annual Trillium Book Award has been announced, and fully six of the seven nominated titles are by women. This is in stark contrast to the Charles Taylor Prize earlier this year, which featured four middle-aged white dudes as nominees. (One of those white dudes, Ian Brown, who went on to win the Charles Taylor Prize, is the lone male on the Trillium list.) The nominated books tilt toward established houses, and with the exception of Alexandra Legatt and TSR fave Emily Schultz, all the shortlisted authors are established names.

The shortlist is as follows:

Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood (McClelland & Stewart)
Ian Brown, The Boy in the Moon (Random House Canada)
Alexandra Leggat, Animal (Anvil Press)
Anne Michaels, The Winter Vault (McClelland & Stewart)
Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness (McClelland & Stewart)
Emily Schultz, Heaven is Small (House of Anansi Press)
Cordelia Strube, Lemon (Coach House Books)

Only two small presses – Anvil and Coach House – are represented; where the big guns are concerned, M&S is the clear winner with three nominations out of seven.

The full lists of nominees, including French language and poetry nominees, is online here.

The prize, which is administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and is open to Ontario residents, carries with it a none-too-shabby purse of $20,000. A public reading by shortlisted authors will take place on June 23 at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, and the winners will be announced on June 24.