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Toronto's Kevin Hardcastle wins $20K Trillium Book Award

Kevin Hardcastle wins the prestigious award for his debut short story collection, Debris.
Toronto author Kevin Hardcastle has won the $20,000 Trillium Book Award in English-language for his debut short story collection, Debris. (Katrina Afonso/Biblioasis)

Toronto author Kevin Hardcastle has won the $20,000 Trillium Book Award in English-language for his debut short story collection, Debris.

The Trillium Book Award was founded by the Ontario government in 1987 to support Ontario writers. Past winners of the prestigious prize include Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Austin Clarke and Thomas King.

Hardcastle's Debris is a collection of 11 stories set in isolated communities across Canada and delves into the inner lives of the marginalized members of those societies. It was nominated this year for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award.

Hardcastle's publisher, Windsor, Ontario-based press Biblioasis, will receive $2,500. It's the indie publisher's first Trillium Book Award win.

Soraya Peerbaye won the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English with her collection, Tell: poems for a girlhood. The collection is about the violent murder of B.C. teenager Reena Virk in 1997.

Peerbaye was also a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, which was won by Liz Howard for Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent.

Pedlar Press, the publisher of Tell, will receive a $2,000 award.

Find out more about the French language winners here.

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