MP Charlie Angus, poet Cliff Cardinal among Trillium Book Award nominees

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TORONTO — A member of Parliament and a celebrated playwright are among the nominees for the Trillium Book Award, Ontario's top literary prize.

Charlie Angus, who represents Timmins - James Bay in the House of Commons, is nominated for "Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower," while poet and performer Cliff Cardinal made the list with "William Shakespeare's As You Like It, A Radical Retelling."

Also in contention for the $20,000 award are Kathy Friedman for "All the Shining People: Stories," Emma Healey for "Best Young Woman Job Book: A Memoir" and Stuart Ross for "The Book of Grief and Hamburgers."

The nominees for the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for Poetry are Madhur Anand for "Parasitic Oscillations", Laurie D. Graham for "Fast Commute" and Sanna Wani for "My Grief, the Sun."

The French-language finalists for the Trillium Book Award are Andrée Lacelle for "dire," Gilles Lacombe for "Circé des hirondelles," Gilles Latour for "Feux du naufrage," Marie-Thé Morin for "Frontières libres" and Nancy Vickers for "Capharnaum."

The finalists for the French-language prize for children's literature are Pierre-Luc Bélanger for "Dany à la dérive," Hélène Koscielniak for "Mégane et Mathis," and Michèle Laframboise for "Le secret de Paloma."

The awards will be handed out June 20.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2023.

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