Rawi Hage, Miriam Toews and Margaret Visser are among the Canadian authors nominated for this year's Writers' Trust Awards, organizers announced Wednesday.
Montrealer Hage, winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award this summer for his debut novel De Niro's Game, is in the running for the $25,000 fiction prize with his sophomore effort, Cockroach.
His competition includes Winnipeg author Miriam Toews for The Flying Troutmans. Toews's novel A Complicated Kindness won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction in 2004.
Rounding out the category are New York-based Rivka Glachen (Atmospheric Disturbances) and B.C. writers Patrick Lane (Red Dog, Red Dog) and Lee Henderson (The Man Game ).
Visser, who divides her time between Canada and France, will vie for the $25,000 non-fiction prize for her latest book The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual.
Also nominated are Montreal food and travel writer Taras Grescoe for Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood and Toronto professor, author and critic Mark Kingwell for Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City.
Other contenders include London-based Carl Honoré (Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting) and Russell Wangersky of St. John's (Burning Down the House: Fighting Fire and Losing Myself ).
In addition to the possible prize win, each finalist receives $3,500.
Emerging writers in the running for Journey prize
Three writers are up for the $10,000 Journey prize, which recognizes excellence in an emerging writer who has published a short story or excerpt from an in-progress novel in a Canadian literary journal.
The journal that published the winning entry will receive $2,000.
This year's nominees are:
- Toronto's Dana Mills for Steaming for Godthab, published in Geist.
- Montreal's Saleema Nawaz for My Three Girls, published in Prairie Review.
- Vancouver's Clea Young for Chaperone, published in Grain Magazine.
The prize is funded by James A. Michener's donation to the Writers' Trust of the Canadian royalties for his 1988 novel Journey.
The eighth annual Writers' Trust Awards gala will take place in Toronto on Nov. 17.
In addition to the three categories listed above, organizers will also present four awards recognizing a body of work: the Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life; the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature; the Writers' Trust Award for Distinguished Contribution; and the Writers' Trust Notable Author Award ($25,000).
The Writers' Trust of Canada is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support writers across the country.