Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Nicolas Billon

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Nicolas Billon’s work has been produced in Toronto, Stratford, New York and Paris. His triptych Fault Lines won the 2013 Governor-General’s Literary Award for Drama. He recently adapted his first play, The Elephant Song, into a feature film starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, Carrie-Anne Moss and Catherine Keener. His newest play is Butcher, which is published by Coach House Books and premieres at Alberta Theatre Projects in October 2014. You can visit him online at

You can contact Nicolas throughout the month of October with questions and comments at

The Dirty Dozen, with Nicolas Billon

We are very proud to present Governor General's Literary Award winner for Drama, Nicolas Billon, as our October 2014 writer-in-residence at Open Book: Toronto. Known for his dark humour and pitch-perfect dialogue, Nicolas returns this season with a new play, Butcher, published by Coach House Books and premiering at Alberta Theatre Projects. Considered one of Canada's finest young playwrights, Nicolas famously donated $5,000 from his $25,000 Governor General's Award winnings to The Theatre Centre in Toronto, which helped the prestigious organisation complete its move to a permanent home.


By Nicolas Billon

From Coach House Books:

The reverberations of a devastating war play out in this claustrophobic and haunting new play from a Governor General Award–winning playwright.

An old man in a military uniform and a Santa hat is dumped at the police station. He doesn’t speak English, and a lawyer’s business card is baited on the meat hook that hangs on his neck. As a lawyer, a police officer and a translator struggle to unravel the truth, they uncover a past that won’t stay buried, and a decades-old quest for justice that must be served.

This edition includes a foreword by Louise Arbour, former Supreme Court of Canada justice and former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Recent Writer In Residence Posts

Shifting Gears

Dear Open Bookers,

It’s a pleasure to be this month’s Writer-in-Residence. I look forward to sharing thoughts and ideas with you over the coming weeks!

Monday morning, I arrived at the Banff Centre to begin work on a new opera with composer André Ristic.

Up until the last few months, I would work by juggling a number of projects at the same time, shifting from one to the other as the mood struck me. Recently, though, I’ve started concentrating on one project at a time. So far, I’ve found the experience has been a success. I may not get as much done, but the work seems to be better (in all its subjective glory, of course).

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.