TORONTO – David Bezmozgis’s celebrated first novel is among the finalists for the $20,000 Trillium Book Award.
Bezmozgis is up for his book “The Free World,” which was shortlisted already for the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Other nominees for the English prize include: David Gilmour for “The Perfect Order of Things” (Thomas Allen Publishers); Ken Babstock for “Methodist Hatchet” (House of Anansi Press); Kristen den Hartog for “And Me Among Them” (Freehand Books); Tony Burgess for “Idaho Winter” (ECW Press) and Phil Hall for “Killdeer” (BookThug).
Meanwhile, the poetry prize nominees are: Helen Guri for “Match” (Coach House Books); Jacob McArthur Mooney for “Folk” (McClelland & Stewart) and Nick Thran for “Earworm” (Nightwood Editions).
Winners will be announced on June 20, with English and French winners receiving $20,000 apiece and the other finalists getting $500.
Previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Austin Clarke and Michael Ondaatje.
The Trillium Book Award recognizes excellence among Ontario authors.
A complete list of winners is available here: http://www.omdc.on.ca/Page6060.aspx