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Angela Hickman

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Yerevan, Armenia: World Book Capital

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When Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists won the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2010, reviews in the Globe and Mail and the National Post commented at length about the beautiful book produced by Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Press, where books are printed by hand, carefully bound, and often include letter-pressed dust jackets and patterned end papers. These volumes are works of art in and of themselves...

A TRB Q&A with Grant Lawrence, Author of Adventures in Solitude

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Grant Lawrence is probably best known to Canadians as a voice on the radio (or podcast). He has been the host of various CBC Radio shows for years, and has weekly podcast, CBC Radio 3 Podcast with Grant Lawrence, that showcases Canadian indie music. He was also the lead singer in The Smugglers, an indie rock band out of Vancouver. Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and...

A TRB Q&A with Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times

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Last night, Charles Foran won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, the richest prize in Canadian literature. Foran’s book,  Mordecai: The Life and Times is the unauthorized biography of one of Canada’s great, and somewhat controversial, novelists, Mordecai Richler.  Since its release in October 2010, Mordecai has won both the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non...

A TRB Q+A with Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt

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Charlotte Gill started tree planting as a summer job during university. That first summer turned into a 17-season career that saw Gill plant over 1 million trees all over Canada. When not on the cut blocks, Gill started writing. Her debut short story collection Ladykiller was shortlisted for the 2005 Governor General’s Literary Awards and won the Danuta Gleed Award and a B.C. Book Prize in...

A TRB Q&A with Richard Gwyn, author of Nation Maker: Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times

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Nation Maker

In the lead-up to the announcement of the winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, The Toronto Review of Books will feature Q&As with each of the five finalists. In 2007, Richard Gwyn published John A: The Man Who Made Us, the first volume in his biography of Canada’s first prime minister, which won the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction. John A. was a also...

Q&A: Ray Robertson, author of Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live

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Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live

In the lead-up to the announcement of the winner of the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize, The Toronto Review of Books will feature Q&As with each of the five finalists. Up first is Ray Robertson, whose book Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live is an exploration of what makes life worth living. After publishing his sixth novel, Robertson, who had a history of obsessive...

Finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize announced in Toronto

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It wasn’t long ago that the Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize was in jeopardy – longtime sponsor Nereus Financial dropped out in 2008 – but in May the Writers’ Trust announced a new partnership with former lieutenant-governor of Ontario Hilary Weston. The non-fiction has been renamed to reflect its new sponsor, and the first finalists for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize were...