Five writers nominated for the new Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Award, including two-time winner Miriam Toews


Toews, originally from Steinbach, Manitoba, has previously won The Flying Troutmans in 2008 and All My Puny Sorrows in 2014.

The Canadian Press

A comedy novel by acclaimed Manitoba author Miriam Toews is among the finalists for the Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Award.

A night of fighting, published by Knopf Canada and told from the perspective of a nine-year-old girl living with her pregnant mother, joins a shortlist of five books vying for the prize of $ 60,000.

They understand We want what we want by Alix Ohlin, a Montreal student and published by House of Anansi Press, about a young woman who learns that her father is engaged to her childhood best friend; and The foreigners by Métis Red River author Katherena Vermette for Hamish Hamilton Canada, focusing on a failing social service system.

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Are also in contention Everyone knows your mother is a witch from New York-based Rivka Galchen to Harper Perennial, a story of hysteria set in the 1600s; and From August to winter: a novel by Guy Vanderhaeghe and published by McClelland & Stewart, a story of violence that sets off a chain of events in a small prairie town on the dawn of World War II.

Each finalist receives $ 5,000. The winner will be announced at a virtual ceremony on November 3.

The Writers‘ Trust Fiction Award celebrates the best novel or short story published in Canada and was renamed this year in recognition of co-founders and writers Margaret Atwood and the late Graeme Gibson.

Toews, a native of Steinbach, Man., Has already won for 2008’s Flying trout and 2014 All my little sorrows.

The shortlist was chosen by a jury of fiction writers – Rebecca Fisseha, Michelle Good and Steven Price – who narrowed the list to 130 titles submitted by 60 editors.

Atwood and Gibson, who were partners for more than half a century until Gibson’s death in 2019, were among the wordmakers who co-founded The Writers’ Trust in 1976.

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