Writing Ontario: Trillium book award nominees on the local spot most important to their writing, and which writer they can't wait for you to read next
Local authors and local books always hold a special spot in readers hearts as we see our own stories being told, set in places familiar to us. Each year, the Trillium Awards, presented by Ontario Creates, awards books written by Ontario writers, in English and French: for book and for poetry or children’s book. This year we’ve asked the five finalists — the winners are announced June 15 — in the English book category about the influence of Ontario on their writing — and the Ontario writer they think we absolutely have to read. Here’s what they said.
1. What Ontario place/space is most important to your writing/writing life? Why?
One Ontario location that stands out for its importance to my writing life is Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood. I set the two books of my young readers’ series there, “The Lotterys Plus One” and “The Lotterys More or Less,” because it seemed the perfect setting for a tale of a two-same-sex-couples-and-their-seven-kids multicultural family. Parkdale offers that flavoursome mixture of shabby and glossy, gentrified and ungentrifiable … but I must admit I …
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