Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
The awards are already among the richest fiction and non-fiction prizes in Canada, with past winners including Alice Munro, Rudy Wiebe and Austin Clarke.
The Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize will now award each winner $25,000 and finalists $3,500 (up from $15,000 and $2,000). The Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature will increase in value to $20,000 (up from $15,000).
A new award, the Writers' Trust Notable Author Award, will be created by merging two existing prizes: the Marian Engel Award for a female writer in mid-career and the Timothy Findley Award for a male writer in mid-career. The new prize will be worth $25,000 and won't be gender specific. Each of the awards was previously worth $15,000.
The eighth annual Writers' Trust Awards will be handed out on Nov. 17.