Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to announce the finalists for the 27th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards. The award winners announcement, presented by Cable 14, will be broadcast on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Laureates will be recognized in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, and Non-fiction, in addition to the Kerry Schooley Book Award for the book that is most evocative of the Hamilton region.

The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for POETRY:

Paul Lisson for The Perfect Archive
Laura Furster for The Absence of Thirteen
Marilyn Gear Pilling for The Gods of East Wawanosh
Elizabeth Ross for After Birth
Emma McKenna for Chenille or Silk

The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for NON-FICTION:

Michael Mitchell for Final Fire: A Memoir
Anne Bokma for My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman’s Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life
Marg Heidebrecht for In the Shade: Friendship, Loss, and the Bruce Trail
Valerie Nielsen for Golden Girl: A Child in Wartime England

The FINALISTS for the HAMILTON LITERARY AWARD for FICTION:

Nahanni Shingoose for Powwow Summer
Michael Mirolla for The Last News Vendor
Nicola Winstanley for How to Give Your Cat a Bath
John Corr for Eight Times Up

The FINALISTS for the THE KERRY SCHOOLEY BOOK AWARD:

David Baillie for Little Bones
Paul Lisson for The Perfect Archive
Marg Heidebrecht for In the Shade: Friendship, Loss, and the Bruce Trail
Anne Bokma for My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman’s Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life

The 27th Hamilton Literary Awards will celebrate works published by local authors in 2019.

Hamilton Arts Council (HAC) is very pleased to continue the 27-year legacy of recognizing literary excellence in Hamilton. Historically, literary laureates are announced and awarded to a full-house of community supporters and literary professionals at Theatre Aquarius. The pandemic has prompted a year of pivots and reimagining, as HAC endeavours to discover new opportunities for arts presentation. 

“We are so happy to partner with Cable 14, and ensure our finalists and winners are recognized,” says HAC Community Engagement Officer David Hudson. “Our authors, publishers, and independent booksellers are vital to Hamilton’s ongoing learning, storytelling, and knowledge sharing.” 

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