Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Patti-Kay Hamilton of Northwest Territories Wins CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize!

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Patti-Kay Hamilton

The jury for the 2014 the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize had a difficult job; they had to select a single winner from over 1,800 submissions received from across Canada.

In the end it was a story that had travelled from far away that won over jurors Carolyn Abraham, Denise Chong and David Macfarlane. The Grand Prize was awarded to "The Hunter and the Swan" by Fort Smith, Northwest Territories resident Patti-Kay Hamilton.

The jury's citation for Hamilton's piece praised its "economy and.. subtle pulse of drama." The story, they said, "vividly captures the raw beauty of the north. Its mood is meditative and its narrative taut, and yet, without ever losing its direction, its richness of information supports the writer's command of subject and confident authority."

Hamilton, who was born in Sault Ste. Marie, is both the daughter of a journalist and a journalist herself, having worked on radio with CBC North for more than 30 years. Since retiring three years ago, her writing has appeared in various publications, including the first anthology of work by writers of the Northwest Territories.

The top selections seemed to be clustered west and north this year, with the remaining finalists hailing from Alberta and British Columbia.

The English-language runners up are:

  • Jennifer Clark of Calgary, Alberta for "February"
  • Brandee Eubank of New Brigden, Alberta for "Some Distant World"
  • Sarah Habben of St. Albert, Alberta for "Where I Am From"
  • Patricia Webb of Port Moody, B.C. for "Second Time Around"
  • For her prize, Hamilton will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, and her prize-winning story will be published in the August edition of Air Canada's enRoute magazine. She will also receive a two-week writing residency at The Banff Centre.

    The French Grand Prize winner was also announced this morning: Joanne Morency of Marie, QC for her story "Tes lunettes sans ton regard." Click here for further information regarding the French language prize.

    Both winners will be recognized at an event this week at The Banff Centre. This special evening, which is hosted by Ian Brown and features readings by writers in the Literary Journalism program, is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinnear Centre.

    Open Book congratulations both winners. Don't miss the chance to read "The Hunter and the Swan" on the CBC Canada Writes website!

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