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Ontario Creates Announces 16 Trillium Book Award Finalists

TORONTO | May 11, 2021 | Ontario Creates, an agency of the government of Ontario, is proud to present the finalists for the 2021 Trillium Book Award, the province’s most prestigious literary prize.

Sixteen titles from Ontario’s top literary talent are on this year’s Trillium Book Award shortlists – in French and English, and spanning all genres. The scope of these books ranges from the intimate to the global: whether their settings are close to home or far away, they explore places and stories that are at once familiar and surprising.

English-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

French-language Finalists for the Trillium Book Award:

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English:

Finalists for the Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature in French:

Find out more about these established and emerging Ontario authors and their nominated works here.

The Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium winners will be announced during a livestream video event on June 15, 2021. We invite you to visit our website for more information, and to join us in this virtual celebration of Ontario’s literary excellence.


“The insight, creativity and dedication of our talented authors and publishers ensure that our diverse and unique stories are celebrated at home and around the world,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “On behalf of the province and the people of Ontario, I applaud and congratulate all the Trillium Book Award finalists for their contributions, and achieving this recognition for their outstanding work.”
~ Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries

“The Trillium Book Award acts as a springboard – elevating the best new voices and literary talent in our province. As well as celebrating these great authors, we applaud Ontario’s vibrant and innovative publishing industry that continues to nurture this talent while contributing $750 million to Ontario’s economy and employing over 7,750 people. Join us on June 15 for the livestream video announcement of the winners.”
~ Aaron Campbell, Chair, Ontario Creates

“Ontario Creates is proud to support Ontario’s publishing industry all year long through our programs and services. We are delighted to honour Ontario writers whose works reflect the diversity of our province in English and French across all genres. I join all Ontarians in congratulating our 2021 finalists, and encourage you to show your support to our local authors and publishers by putting these great books on your reading list.”
~ Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates



Ontario Creates is proud to produce the Trillium Book Awards each year. The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and their works.

Ontario Creates is an agency of the Government of Ontario that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors.

Bob Reid

Suzan Ayscough, Head of Communications
Ontario Creates
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