Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Speaker's Book Award and Young Author Award

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Monday, March 9th marks the third annual Speaker's Book Award as well as the inaugural Young Authors Award, two prizes that will be given by Ontario Speaker Dave Levac at a ceremony at the Ontario Legislative Building.

Launched by Speaker Levac in 2012, the Speaker’s Book Award aims to bring awareness to books written by Ontarians covering historical, regional, cultural, or parliamentary aspects of the province.

And, new this year, the Young Authors Award for writers aged 18 to 30 will bring attention to a young Ontario author whose early work has had an impact on the province’s writing scene.

I was thrilled and honoured to learn that my first book, a young-adult novel called When We Were Good, was selected as a finalist for the inaugural Young Authors Award. I'll be posting a full report of the ceremony on Tuesday!

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2014 Speaker’s Book Award Finalists

· The Promised Land - History and Historiography of the Black Experience in Chatham-Kent’s Settlements and Beyond, Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Nina Reid-Maroney, and Handel Kashope Wright (Editors), (U of T Press, 2014)
· Governance in Northern Ontario – Economic Development and Policy Making, Charles Conteh and Bob Segsworth (Editors), (U of T Press, 2013)
· The Ashes of War – The Fight for Upper Canada, August 1814-March 1815, Richard Feltoe,(Dundurn, 2014)
· Connected to the Land – Stories from the Serpent’s Band, Janice Gamble and Elder Tea (Serpent River First Nation c/o Marella Schofield, 2013)
· The Brockville Connection – “Canada’s Flag”, Robert J. Harper (Robert J. Harper, 2014)
· Ipperwash – The Tragic Failure of Canada’s Aboriginal Policy, Edward J. Hedican (U of T Press, 2013)
· From Homestead to Community – A Women’s History of Western Manitoulin, Paula Mallea (Scrivener Press, 2013)
· Planning Politics in Toronto – The Ontario Municipal Board and Urban Development, Aaron Moore (U of T Press, 2013)
· Paikin and the Premiers – Personal Reflections on a Half Century of Ontario Leaders, Steve Paikin (Dundurn, 2013)
· Un Franco-Ontarien parmi tant d’autres [A Franco-Ontarian Among Many Others], Elmer Smith (Les Éditions L’Interligne, 2014)
· Canadian Folk – Portraits of Remarkable Lives, Peter Unwin (Dundurn, 2013)

2014 Young Authors Award Finalists

· Ceremonies for the Dead, Giles Benaway (Kegedonce Press, 2013)
· Rêver au réel, Daniel Groleau Landry (Les Éditions L’Interligne, 2012)
· When We Were Good, Suzanne Sutherland (Three O’Clock Press, 2013)

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