Miriam Toews awarded $25K prize

Acclaimed novelist Miriam Toews has won a $25,000 award.

Acclaimed novelist Miriam Toews has won a $25,000 award.

The 46-year-old writer, who grew up in Steinbach, Man., and lived in Winnipeg before moving to Toronto in 2009, was awarded the Writers' Trust Engel/Findley Prize on Tuesday.

The award, handed out at the 10th annual Writers' Trust Awards in Toronto, is presented to writer in mid-career.

Toews has five books to her publishing credit, the first coming out in 1996 and the most recent in 2008.

Her 2004 novel, A Complicated Kindness, was her breakthrough work. It was on the Canadian bestseller lists for more than a year and won her the Governor General's Award for English Fiction.

It also won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction at the Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards gala in 2005.

Her followup book in 2008, The Flying Troutmans, won the 2008 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.