The Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award shortlist has just been announced for 2013. The Evergreen Award, best described as the “readers’ choice” of Canadian literary awards, features a good mix of genre and literary fiction, non-fiction, and both debut and established authors.
Previous winners have included Linwood Barclay for The Accident (2012), Emma Donoghue for Room (2011), Jessica Grant for Come, Thou Tortoise (2010), Steven Galloway for The Cellist of Sarajevo (2009), Ami McKay for The Birth House (2008), Lawrence Hill for The Book of Negroes (2007) and Joseph Boyden for Three Day Road (2006). All of these books, in my mind, have become contemporary Canadian classics and I expect they will stand the test of time.
The 2013 shortlist, as expected, includes something for everyone: historical fiction (The Winter Palace), memoir (Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes), sci-fi (Triggers), creepy domestic drama (Tell It To The Trees) and even satire (Up & Down). The complete list is as follows:
- The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrissey
- Eating Dirt* by Charlotte Gill
- Indian Horse* by Richard Wagamese
- Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee
- The Little Shadows* by Marina Endicott
- Tell It To The Trees* by Anita Rau Badami
- Triggers by Robert J Sawyer
- The Western Light* by Susan Swan
- The Winter Palace*: A Novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniak
- Up & Down* by Terry Fallis
The Haliburton County Public Library has multiple copies of all of these books available for you to borrow, however, titles marked with an asterix are available in e-book format in addition to print. I hope you enjoy this year’s list and stay tuned for information on how to vote for your favourite in October.
*Originally published on January 31st in Haliburton County Living