Sunday, February 25, 2024

Finalists Announced For the 30th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards

The Hamilton Arts Council is pleased to reveal the shortlisted authors for
the 30th annual Hamilton Literary Awards. This year marks a significant milestone in recognizing and celebrating literary excellence in the Greater Hamilton Area and Six Nations of the Grand River. The awards ceremony will be hosted in partnership with Hamilton Public Library, located at 55 York Blvd, Hamilton, on Thursday, December 14th, 2023, at 7:00 P.M.

Ceremony attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy readings from the shortlisted authors, witness the announcement of the category winners, and reflect on the rich 30-year history of the Hamilton Literary Awards.

The Awards recognize outstanding works published in the calendar year of 2022 across five
categories, including: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Children’s Books, and the Kerry Schooley Book Award. The Kerry Schooley Book Award honours the book that most vividly evokes the essence of Hamilton and its surrounding areas.

Anuja Varghese will return as the host for this special occasion. Anuja is a distinguished
Hamilton-based QWOC (Queer Woman of Color), writer, editor, and recipient of the 2023
Governor General’s Literary Award in Fiction for her debut short story collection, Chrysalis.
Anuja’s remarkable achievements in the literary world make her a fitting choice to guide the ceremony.

The 30th anniversary of the Hamilton Literary Awards is a testament to the vibrant and thriving community of writers, readers, publishers, editors, and booksellers who have continuously contributed to Hamilton’s cultural legacy. The Awards have played a crucial role in shaping Hamilton’s identity as a culturally enriching and inspiring city.

Tickets are available at a price of $5 – $15; numbers are limited. More information is available via the Hamilton Arts Council.

The shortlisted authors for each category are:



  • David J. Forsyth for Alice and the Machine Gunner
  • Joyce Grant for Can You Believe It? How to Spot Fake News and Find the Facts
  • Rollie Pemberton for Bedroom Rapper: Cadence Weapon on Hip-Hop, Resistance and Surviving the Music Industry
  • Carl Watts for I Just Wrote This Five Minutes Ago


Children’s Book

Kerry Schooley Book Award

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