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2024 Trillium Book Award Winners

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WINNER | Trillium Book Award (English Language)

The Clarion

Nina Dunic, The Clarion, Invisible Publishing

“We all lined up for our whipping by the shouting beauty and tender traumas of life. All of us so sensitive, and now this beautiful girl, with soft brown hair that was shot with gold in the sun. Another one of us starting to stumble.”

Peter plays the trumpet and works in a kitchen; Stasi tries to climb the corporate ladder and lands in therapy. These sensitive siblings struggle to find their place in the world, seeking intimacy and belonging—or trying to escape it.

A promising audition, a lost promotion, intriguing strangers and a silent lover—in rich, sensual scenes and moody brilliance, The Clarion explores rituals of connection and belonging, themes of intimacy and performance, and how far we wander to find, or lose, our sense of self.

Following the literary realist traditions of Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro, Dunic’s debut novel captures the vague if hopeful melancholy of any generation that believes it was never “called” to something great.

Nina Dunic

Nina Dunic is a two-time winner of the Toronto Star Short Story Contest, has been longlisted by the CBC Short Story Prize four times, and was nominated for The Journey Prize. CBC Books named Dunic in its 2023 Writers to Watch list. Her debut novel The Clarion (Invisible Publishing) was longlisted for the 2023 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was selected as Best Canadian Debut by Apple Books. She has a forthcoming collection of short stories with Invisible Publishing in 2025. Nina lives in Scarborough, Ontario.

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Vivre Ou Presque

Nicolas Weinberg, Vivre ou presque, Éditions L'Interligne

Good stories are often an invitation to escape, to embark on an inner journey, but they don’t always turn out as expected and even more rarely end as planned. The same is true of existence, which surprises, amazes, disappoints and sometimes terrifies us but always goes beyond us. For Nicolas Weinberg, “to write is to experience reality intensely,” and his stories show that this intensity can be passed on to others. They show that to read is to live (or very nearly to live).

Vivre ou presque is a collection of seven stand-alone short stories with a common theme: the difficulty of existing.

Nicolas Weinberg

Born first in Paris in 1967 and again in Marseille in 1998, Nicolas Weinberg came of age in Canada, where he has lived since 2006 and works as a translator.

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More Sure

A. Light Zachary, More Sure, Arsenal Pulp Press

A book of poems and interruptions, recording instances of love, self-realization, and recovery in non-binary, queer, and autistic lives.

In their stunning debut collection, A. Light Zachary draws power from a vision of life - especially queer and neurodivergent life - as a journey of continuous self-realization. These poems record the experience of locating oneself over and over again, within gender, language, family, labour, sexuality, fear, and love.

Reaching back to claim queer space in the oldest Western canon, Zachary interrupts famous quotations from ancient Greek and Roman thinkers, asking: what advice might Juvenal or Seneca have handed down to non-binary citizens? Elsewhere, in concise and fluid verses that draw from punk rock and quantum physics, they ground the work firmly in the present. Come: invade with the alien. Evade with the coyote. These poems propose a certain supremacy: in these unending journeys of discovery and alienation, "we become more sure of who we are than you."

A. Light Zachary

A. Light Zachary is a writer, editor, and artist who was recently awarded fellowships for their poetry by the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Their previous publications include the novella The End, by Anna (Metatron, 2016). More Sure is their first book of poems. Light lives in Toronto.

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