Sep 29, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Andre Alexis, Elizabeth Hay and Russell Smith are among the authors shortlisted for the $25,000 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
The Trinidad-born, Ottawa-bred Alexis makes the cut with “Fifteen Dogs”(Coach House Books), and is also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Hay was born in Ottawa and gets the nod for “His Whole Life” (McClelland and Stewart), while Toronto’s Smith is shortlisted for his short story collection “Confidence” (Biblioasis). That work is also on the longlist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Also shortlisted are two debut novelists; Pamela Mordecai of Kitchener, for “Red Jacket” (TAP Books), and Vancouver’s John Vaillant for “The Jaguar’s Children”(Knopf Canada).
The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize recognizes the author of the year’s best novel or short story collection – with the winner to be announced November 3rd in Toronto.
Finalists were chosen by a three-person jury who read 127 books from 50 publishers. The four runners-up get $2,500.