Books by Tomson Highway, Mary Lawson & Rivka Galchen among 10 finalists for 2022 Evergreen Award
The finalists for the 2022 Evergreen Award have been announced by the Ontario Library Association.
Tomson Highway, Mary Lawson and Rivka Galchen are among the 10 finalists. Highway is nominated for his nonfiction book Permanent Astonishment, Lawson is nominated for her novel A Town Called Solace, while Galchen is a finalist for her novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch.
A committee of library professionals chooses the 10 finalists. Readers from across Canada can vote on the winner in September. Book clubs, public libraries and other community forums can participate in the program.
The 2022 finalists are:
- The Captive by Fiona King Foster
- The Centaur's Wife by Amanda Leduc
- Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
- Murder on the Inside by Catherine Fogarty
- Nothing But The Truth by Marie Henein
- Permanent Astonishment by Tomson Highway
- Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto, Illustrated by Ann Xu
- Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin
- Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng
- A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson
The winner will be revealed in October 2022, during Ontario Public Library Week.
The Evergreen Award is part of the annual Ontario-wide Forest of Reading program.
The Forest of Reading program also has six English-language categories for readers in kindergarten through to high school. The finalists for those categories were announced in October 2021.
The Forest of Reading program is organized by the Ontario Library Association.
You can get to know the 2022 finalists below.
In The Captive, a woman named Brooke Holland is forced to confront her own past during an expedition to bring a fugitive to justice. Fearing that other members of the fugitive's family will want revenge, Brooke takes her family on a trek across dangerous terrain to reach the nearest marshal.
Fiona King Foster is a Toronto-based writer. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Hobart, Maisonneuve, Midway Journal and the New Quarterly.The Captive is her debut novel.
The Centaur's Wife is a novel that weaves together fairy tales with a story of an apocalypse. The world has nearly ended: meteors have destroyed the city Heather and her family live in, and humanity is facing extinction. There are only a handful of survivors, including Heather, her husband and their twin daughters. The mountain that looms over the city becomes the survivors' focus, as it remains lush and green and full of life. Heather is one of the few people who knows how to get there — and what creatures they will encounter.
Amanda Leduc is the communications and development coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD) in Brampton, Ont. She is also the author of the novel The Miracles of Ordinary Men and the nonfiction book Disfigured. She was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize.
Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch takes place in a small German town in 1618, where an elderly widow is accused of witchcraft. In the German duchy of Württemberg, fear is palpable — the plague is spreading, and The Thirty Years' War has begun. So when a woman named Ursula Reinbold accuses widow Katharina of offering her a witchy drink that has made her ill, Katharina is in trouble.
Rivka Galchen is a Canadian American writer. She is also the author of the novel Atmospheric Disturbances. She lives in New York City.
Murder on the Inside is about a real-life account of a prison standoff in Kingston, Ont., and the efforts for justice and reform it inspired. In 1971, a handful of prisoners attacked the guards at Kingston Penitentiary and seized control, making headlines around the world. For four days, the prisoners held the guards hostage, drawing attention to the dehumanizing realities of their incarceration.
Catherine Fogarty is a Canadian writer, television producer and director. She is also the founder and president of media production company Big Coat Media. Murder on the Inside is her first book.
In Nothing But The Truth, Canadian lawyer and author Marie Henein writes a memoir about her life and work. Henein is a Canadian immigrant from a tight-knit Egyptian-Lebanese family and through them learned the value of hard work and being true to herself and others. Nothing But The Truth examines the ethical and practical implications of being a criminal lawyer.
Marie Henein is a criminal defence lawyer, writer and public speaker based in Toronto. She has been interviewed on CBC's The National and The Current and has written for the Globe and Mail. Nothing But The Truth is her first book.
Permanent Astonishment is a memoir by acclaimed writer Tomson Highway. Highway was born the 11th of 12 children in a nomadic caribou-hunting Cree family. Surrounded by the love of his family and the vast landscape of his home, he lived an idyllic far-north childhood. But five of his siblings died in childhood, and his parents wanted their two youngest sons, Tomson and Rene, to get big opportunities. This memoir offers insight into the Cree experience of culture, conquest and survival.
Highway is a Cree novelist, children's author, playwright and musician. Born in Manitoba, he is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation. His work includes Canadian theatre classics The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing and the novel Kiss of the Fur Queen. Highway is also one of the three jurors for the 2022 CBC Nonfiction Prize.
In the graphic novel Shadow Life, 76-year-old Kumiko is placed in a long-term care home by her daughters. It's not what Kumiko wants so she breaks out and takes refuge in an apartment she keeps secret from her children. She finds pleasure in simple, daily life, but Death's shadow haunts her. Kumiko is ready to fight for the life she's built herself, but how long can she fight back?
Hiromi Goto is a writer and editor from British Columbia. Her novels include Chorus of Mushrooms, Half World and Darkest Light. Shadow Life is her first graphic novel.
Ann Xu is an American illustrator.
Speak, Silence follows a journalist named Gota who travels to Sarajevo to cover a film festival alongside the fallout of the Bosnian war. She also has a personal mission: to connect with her former lover, Kosmos. Once there, Gota encounters a country and a man changed beyond recognition. But once she forms a bond with Komsos' new lover, Edina, Gota has a new mission: to share the stories of women who experienced sexual violence during the war.
Kim Echlin is a writer who lives in Toronto. Her other novels include Elephant Winter, Dagmar's Daughter, The Disappeared and Under the Visible Life. The Disappeared was shortlisted for the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
In Swimming Back to Trout River, Junie is a 10-year-old living in a village in China with her grandparents. Her parents left for America several years before. Her father has written her a letter saying that he will come back to get her before she turns 12. But Junie doesn't want to go and she doesn't know how much her parents have changed. They have broken up, and are dealing with trauma from their past. But Junie's father is determined to make things right, and make sure Junie's future is brighter than his ever was.
Linda Rui Feng is an academic and writer, who is currently a professor of Chinese cultural history at the University of Toronto. Swimming Back to Trout River is her first novel.
A Town Called Solace is a novel told from three different perspectives: Clara, a young woman who sits at her window, waiting for her missing sister to return home, Liam, Clara's new neighbour who Clara watches with suspicion, and Mrs. Orchard, the old woman who owns the house Liam is staying in. As their stories unfold, so does the mystery of what happened to Clara's sister and how Mrs. Orchard and Liam are connected.
Mary Lawson is an acclaimed novelist who grew up in Ontario and now lives in the U.K. Her other novels include Crow Lake, The Other Side of the Bridge and Road Ends. Crow Lake won the Amazon Canada First Novel Award.