Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Contest! Great Ontario Authors Prizepack

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Contest! Great Ontario Authors Prizepack

Enter Open Book's June contest to win a summer full of fantastic books by Ontario authors. The Ontario Author Prizepack consists of:

  • a $100 gift certificate for The Book Mark;

  • a copy of The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays of Bertram Brooker by our June Writer in Residence, Gregory Betts;

  • and all seventeen of the Trillium Book Award-nominated titles.

    These amazing books are: Kevin Connolly's Revolver (House of Anansi Press), Helen Humphreys's Coventry (HarperCollins Publishers), Ibi Kaslik's The Angel Riots (Penguin Group Canada), Pasha Malla's The Withdrawal Method (House of Anansi Press), Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species (Doubleday Canada), Charles Wilkins's In the Land of Long Fingernails (Penguin Group Canada), Jeramy Dodds's Crabwise to the Hounds (Coach House Books), Joanne Page's Watermarks (Pedlar Press), Adam Sol's Jeremiah, Ohio (House of Anansi Press), Marguerite Andersen's Le figuier sur le toit (Les Éditions L’Interligne), Hédi Bouraoui's Cap Nord (Les Éditions du Vermillon), Daniel Marchildon's L’eau de vie (Uisge beatha) (Les Éditions David), Melchior Mbonimpa's La terre sans mal (Prise de parole), Nancy Vickers's Aeterna Le jardin des immortelles (Les Éditions David), Michèle Laframboise's La Quête de Chaaas Volume 1 (Éditions Médiaspaul), Françoise Lepage's Les chercheurs d’étoiles (Les Éditions L’Interligne) and Paul Prud’Homme's Les Rebuts : Hockey 2 (Les Éditions du Vermillon).

TO ENTER THE CONTEST, comment on an interview in the Ten Questions Trillium Finalists Series (click on the highlighted authors' names above for the interviews) or comment on a post by our Writer in Residence, Gregory Betts. Each new posting counts as a new entry -- in other words, if you post five comments, you’ll have five chances to win the prize. To post a comment, sign in or sign up for a free Open Book account.


I loved Pasha Malla's humor; I wonder if his stories will also have some of that wit. Would love to read them! That, and 'Coventry'. Good luck everyone!

Hmm, I have been leaving my comments on the pages with the author interviews and not on this page. Hopefully those comments will still count for the contest - there are several books on the Trillium List that I would love to read. Good luck to all!

No worries, snickerzmom. Your comments on the author interview pages count for the contest, and so do any comments left on the Writer in Residence page.

Would anyone know the name of Pasha Malla's short story (that first appeared in a Seattle-based journal called Monkeybicycle) about a couple waking up to discover a cruise ship in their backyard swimming pool?

Sounds promising and I'd love to read it. Thanks.

When I click on the link to Ibi Kaslik's interview, I am directed instead to Kevin Connolly's. I'm not sure if it's my computer, but perhaps you could give the direct link for it because I would love to read it. Thanks.

Nope, it's not your computer, it was the link. Thanks for letting us know!
The link has been fixed in the article and here it is as well:
Cheers, Clelia

How interesting that Nino Ricci's meeting with W.O. Mitchell's was the impetus he needed to become the writer he is today.

Kevin Connolly describes "Revolver" as an "experiment in poetic voice or an experiment in poetic voice or artistic ventriloquy ."

I simply love that term "artistic ventriloquy" but had never heard it before. I wondered whether it was a new buzz word or something he had coined and so google searched it and could not find any hits other than Connolly's interview.

I'm definitely going to use it sometime myself. LOL

Joanne Page's interview really got me thinking, particularly when she talks the response to first book, The River and the Lake, and how "half the people in the village were furious with me for using their names and another bunch were miffed not to be in the book."

Here, she specifically used real names of people she knew. What's a finer line is if she changed their names but the characters resembled them so much, they still minded.

I wonder what other people think about this dilemma?

I simply loved Jeramy Dodd's recounting of advice given to him: “Writing about what you know is for people who know something. You don’t seem like that type of person to me.”

People are always saying to me write about what you know and I've always found it rather limiting.

Dodd's self-effacing remark reminded me that I don't really know much myself, so that's the perfect excuse to write about whatever I like instead ... lol

Excellent interview of Charles Wilkins. His quick wit and charming manner comes across instantly.

Great advice he doled out, as well: "Write something so blazingly good that no agent or editor will be able to put it down. Either that or start a publishing house."

Was positively inspired by Sol's recounting of Yusef Komunyakaa's words “Don’t write what you know. Write what you’re willing to discover.” If Sol is writing the Unwritten in "Jeremiah, Ohio," I simply can't wait to read it.

I just read the interview of Adam Sol, author of Jeremiah, Ohio, and was disappointed the interviewer didn't ask more questions about the origins of the book of poetry such as where Sol got the idea to structure the poems around the journey of this would-be prophet. It's such a quaint and original idea and I'd be intrigued if there was a story behind the idea, or if perhaps Sol himself enjoys people watching and wandering around cities.

I really enjoyed Gregory Betts' review of Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip because it actually made me want to read this book. There was just the right amount of detail about the story and style of writing to whet my appetite and a strong enough recommendation to get me hooked. Terrific review. Thanks.

Coventry is brilliant! Although a small little book, it is packed with observations, feelings and a touch of nostalgia.

I read it and identified with the characters sense of loss, and fear.

Jeremiah in Ohio looks quite interesting, and I haven't read a novel in poetry since Ondaatje's, "Collected Works of Billy the Kid". I also really enjoy how Bett finds out how each writer works. As an aspiring writer, I'm almost as interested in the writing process as I am in the actual work.

I am really looking forward to cracking open Helen Humphrey's "Coventry." I was taken to Coventry many years ago by a kind uncle. The new cathedral had just been completed. If I remember correctly the remains of the old cathedral still stood as a reminder. The new cathedral was beautiful in a modern style with very moving art by some a Britain's greatest artists and with crafts donated by local people but I doubt that it was a replacement for the fine ancient cathedral. However the new cathedral was named as Britons' favourite 20th century building.

It's a good point, Jill, that avant-gardism is usually associated with being obscure. Contemporary experimental writers tend to be more obscure than earlier avant-gardes, and intentionally too. While there are lots of ways to define and use the term, I tend to follow the historical model that uses the term avant-garde to refer to artists who believed they believed themselves to be ahead of, or prophets of, a future society. The art, then, either advocates for that future society or reflects its values and consciousness. The former, like Brooker's poem, tend to be much less obscure than the the latter because they are speaking to people today about tomorrow. The art that reflects a future society tends to be obscure, until your senses are all rearranged (or deranged).

To be honest, this email is mainly just to double my chances of winning the Trillium book prize pack. My comment is, simply, bring on the poetry! I am most interested in the literary offerings of Jeramy Dodds, Adam Sol, and Joanne Page, if I'm lucky enough to win. And even if I don't.

Well what exactly makes something avant-garde? I figure if I can somewhat of a toehold on a poem then it isn't obscure enough to be avant-garde. This poem by Bertram Brooker doesn't leave me all a-baffle, hence, I mightn't have deemed it avant-garde. I'm in need of a bit of self-edification, then, hmm.

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