André Alexis, Jenny Heijun Wills among Writers' Trust literary prize winners

André Alexis, Jenny Heijun Wills among Writers' Trust literary prize winners

Toronto novelist André Alexis and Winnipeg memoirist Jenny Heijun Wills took home the two biggest awards of the night at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 5, 2019. The Writers’ Trust of Canada gave out seven prizes in recognition of the year’s best in fiction, nonfiction and short story, as well as mid-career and lifetime achievement […]

Manitoba-born James Peebles, 2 others awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

Manitoba-born James Peebles, 2 others awarded Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Manitoba-born James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology,” and to Swiss colleagues Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.” The Nobel Prize’s official Twitter feed said Peebles “took on the cosmos, with its billions of galaxies and galaxy clusters. […]

Michael Crummey, Ian Williams are in, Margaret Atwood and André Alexis are out on Giller Prize short list

Michael Crummey, Ian Williams are in, Margaret Atwood and André Alexis are out on Giller Prize short list

“Enjoy each other’s company.” That’s the advice of 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Michael Redhill to the six finalists for the 2019 prize as they get set to embark on a month-long, cross-country tour. A jury of five announced this year’s short list at a morning event at Toronto’s Scotiabank Plaza. The list brings a […]

Haviah Mighty wins Polaris prize for her album ‘13th Floor’

Haviah Mighty wins Polaris prize for her album ‘13th Floor’

TORONTO — Haviah Mighty has won the 2019 Polaris Music Prize for her album “13th Floor.” The project, the first awarded to a female hip-hop and rap artist, was selected by an 11-member jury as the Canadian album of the year based on its artistic merit. Mighty’s first full-length solo album “13th Floor” reflects on […]

Margaret Atwood makes Booker Prize short list, Giller Prize long list

Margaret Atwood makes Booker Prize short list, Giller Prize long list

Awards buzz is ramping up for author Margaret Atwood, who is again in the running for both the Man Booker Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.  Atwood, who won the former prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, has landed a spot on this year’s short list for The Testaments, organizers announced Tuesday in London. The much-hyped […]

Casey Plett wins $60,000 Amazon first novel prize

Casey Plett wins $60,000 Amazon first novel prize

Little Fish by Casey Plett, a novel exploring the experience of trans women, has won the $ 60,000 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. The announcement was made at a gala event in Toronto on Wednesday night. Plett, an accomplished editor and writer, has a Mennonite background and is originally from Winnipeg, like the main character, […]

Canadian Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ voted best Man Booker Prize winner in 50 years

Canadian Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ voted best Man Booker Prize winner in 50 years

By The Associated Press Sun., July 8, 2018 LONDON—Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event Sunday celebrating five decades of the prestigious literary award. The Canadian writer’s tale of love and conflict during the Second World War was awarded the Golden Man Booker Prize […]