TORONTO – The story of two lovers separated in North Korea has won Ontario’s top literary prize.
Toronto poet and filmmaker Ann Shin won this year’s Trillium Literary Award for “The Last Exiles,” published by Park Row.
The novel tells the story of a privileged young woman and her impoverished lover, who try to escape the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong-il.
“Un conte de l’apocalypse”, by Robert Marinier, published by Éditions Prize de parole, won the Trillium Literary Prize for French language.
Each author receives $20,000 for Trillium’s Main Book Award, which recognizes literary excellence across all genres. Their publishers receive $2,500 to promote the titles.
The Trillium Literary Prize for Poetry, which honors one of the first three works by an emerging writer, was awarded to Bardia Sinaee for her collection “Intruder”, from House of Anansi Press.
The prize for the French equivalent was awarded to Chloé LaDuchesse for “Exosquelette”, published by Éditions Mémoire d’encrier.
In each of these categories, the author receives $10,000 and the publisher $2,000.
The Trillium Literary Award, established in 1987, is presented by the provincial organization Ontario Créatif.
Previous winners are Dionne Brand, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Thomas King.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 21, 2022.