Two-time Writers’ Trust winner Miriam Toews shortlisted with ‘Fight Night’


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

“Fight Night,” 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 include “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 Strangers” by Métis Red River author Katherena Vermette for Hamish Hamilton Canada, which focuses on a failing social service system.

Also in the running, New York-based Rivka Galchen’s “Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch” for Harper Perennial, a hysteria story set in the 1600s; and “August into 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 “The Flying Troutmans” in 2008 and “All My Puny Sorrows” in 2014.

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 publishers.

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.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 29, 2021.


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