Jun 21, 2017
By Andy Johnson
Authors Mellanie Mah and Meaghan Strimas are the English-language winners of this year’s Trillium Book Awards honouring Ontario-based writers.
Mah, who was born in Alberta, is now based in Toronto. She was awarded the top honour in the literature category for her debut novel “The Sweetest One” It’s the story of a teen girl in a small Alberta town living with a crippling fear brought on by belief in a family curse after the deaths of three of her siblings and the departure of a fourth.
Strimas, who grew up in Owen Sound and also based in Toronto, won the poetry prize for her third collection “Yes or Nope.” She is an English professor at Humber College and the managing editor of the Humber Literary Review.
The Trillium Book Award is billed as Ontario’s highest literary honour. Past winners include Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, the late Austin Clarke and Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.