André Alexis, Michael Crummey shortlisted for $50K Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
André Alexis's Days by Moonlight is among five books nominated for the 2019 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, an annual $50,000 award given to the year's best work of Canadian fiction.
He previously won the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2015 for Fifteen Dogs.
All three novels are also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
The winner will be announced at the Writers' Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto on Nov. 5, 2019.
This year's jury is comprised of Dennis Bock, Michael Kaan and Suzette Mayr.
Kathy Page won the prize in 2018 for the novel Dear Evelyn.
Keep reading to learn more about each of the finalists.
In Days by Moonlight, botanist Alfred Homer agrees to go on a research road trip with Professor Morgan Bruno, an old friend of Alfred's deceased parents. As the sun sets, the two depart in search of an obscure, possibly dead poet named John Skennen and encounter a host of oddities in the gothic underworld of southern Ontario.
Described by publisher Coteau Books as "cronelit," Season of Fury and Wonder tells the stories of contemporary women in the winter of their lives. Each story is inspired by or is a tribute to a short story by literature's most celebrated writers, including Flannery O'Conner, Shirley Jackson, Anton Chekhov and Raymond Carver.
Butala is the author of 20 books. She has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award three times — in 1985 for the short fiction collection Queen of the Headaches, in 1994 for nonfiction workThe Perfection of the Morning and in 2017 for the memoir Where I Live Now.
In The Innocents, a young brother and sister live in isolation in Newfoundland, surviving alone on the bits of knowledge their parents left behind. Their loyalty to one another is the reason they are able to persist through storms and illness, but their relationship is tested as they grow older.
- With novel The Innocents, Michael Crummey explores strength, spirit and survival in 18th century Newfoundland
Shut Up You're Pretty is a short fiction collection that tells stories of young women coming of age in the 21st century. Mutonji's characters include a young woman who shaves her head in an abortion clinic waiting room, a mother and daughter who bond over fish and a teenager seeking happiness with her pack of cigarettes.
Shut Up You're Pretty is Mutonji's first book.
- Why Téa Mutonji wanted her first short story collection to challenge what diverse literature is supposed to be
In Dual Citizens, Lark Brossard is a supporting character in the lives of her artistically talented loved ones: her sister Robin is a wild and brilliant pianist, while her sometime lover Lawrence is a famous filmmaker. When Lawrence tells her he doesn't want children, Lark re-examines her life and takes control of her story.
Ohlin was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2012 for her novel Inside. She is the chair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia.