Ridgerunner by Gil Adamson and Two Trees Make a Forest: In Search of My Familiy's Past Among Taiwan's Mountains and Coasts by Jessica J. Lee have won prestigious Canadian literary awards. Ridgerunner, also on the 2020 Giller short list, has garnered $50,000 for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Two Trees Make a Forest - an exploration of Lee's family through landscape and language in her mother's homeland of Taiwan - wins $60,000 for the Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize for Non-Fiction. Lee recently won the RBC Taylor Prize for Emerging Writer Award in 2019 - the RBC Taylor prizes have since been discontinued.
Literary prizes bring attention to books, help us readers find titles we might otherwise not be aware of, and give a tremendous boost to writers who - pandemic or no pandemic - can struggle economically. Read them, buy them, spread the word and talk about them. The writing and publishing of books come from a place of conviction, courage and talent, let's celebrate their presence in our libraries and lives! Long lists, short lists and winners - reach in and find the right book for you.