The QWF Literary Awards

Images from the 2008 Gala
The musical precursor: Julia Kater and her Bon Temps Boys onstage at Le Lion d'Or.
2008 Gala Host Joel Yanofsky with QWF President Marianne Ackerman and QWF board member Sherwin Tjia
Jeffrey Moore, Heather O'Neill and Adam Leith Gollner
2008 Non-fiction juror Dorothy Williams
Dimitri Nasrallah, Taras Grescoe and Jaspreet Singh
Founding president of the QWF and current president of ELAN, Guy Rodgers
QWF Board member Ian Ferrier presents Peter Richardson with the 2008 A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry.
The Lovely Ms. Julie and 2008 QWF Community Award winner Mary Soderstrom share their love of shoes.
Phyllis Aronoff presents Lori Satin-Martin and Paul Gagné with the 2008 QWF Prix de traduction.
Rawi Hage accepts the 2008 Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.
Maya Munro Byers presents Raquel Rivera with the inaugural QWF Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature.
Neil Smith, Saleema Nawaz, Bob Kotyk, Katia Grubisic, J. R. Carpenter, and Jeffrey Moore.

All photographs © Studio Iris.

Past QWF Awards Winners

2008
QWF Translation Prize
Translated to French from English
Lori Saint-Martin et Paul Gagné
Big bang
Les Allusifs
translation of
Bang Crunch
de Neil Smith
Knopf Canada
Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction
Sponsored by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, and Vanier Colleges
Taras Grescoe
Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
McAuslan First Book Prize
Sponsored by McAuslan Brewing Inc.
Adam Leith Gollner
The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Adventure, Commerce and Obsession
Doubleday Canada
A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry
Sponsored by Jacques Nolin
Peter Richardson
Sympathy for the Couriers
Véhicule Press
Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Sponsored by Paragraphe Bookstore
Rawi Hage
Cockroach
House of Anansi Press
QWF Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Sponsored by Babar Books
Raquel Rivera
Orphan Ahwak
Orca Book Publishers
Community Award
Mary Soderstrom
Carte Blanche Prize
J.R. Carpenter
"Wyoming is Haunted"
2007
Translation Prize
Sponsored by Pierre Lapointe
Lazer Lederhendler
The Immaculate Conception
House of Anansi Press
a translation of
L'Immaculée conception
de Gaétan Soucy
Les Éditions du Boréal
Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction
Sponsored by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, and Vanier Colleges
Julie Barlow & Jean-Benoît Nadeau
The Story of French
Knopf Canada
McAuslan First Book Prize
Sponsored by McAuslan Brewing Inc.
Neil Smith
Bang Crunch
Knopf Canada
A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry
Sponsored by Jacques Nolin
David Solway
Reaching for Clear: The Poetry of Rhys Savarin
Véhiclue Press
Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Sponsored by Paragraphe Bookstore
Heather O'Neill
Lullabies for Little Criminals
HarperCollins Publishers
Community Award
André Vanasse
2006
Translation Prize ($2000)
Sponsored by Pierre Lapointe
Lori Saint-Martin et Paul Gagné
La clameur des ténèbres
Éditions du Boréal
a translation of
The Unyielding Clamour of the Night
by Neil Bissoondath
Cormorant Books
Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction ($2000)
Sponsored by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, and Vanier Colleges
Sherry Simon
Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City
McGill-Queen's University Press
McAuslan First Book Prize ($2,000)
Sponsored by McAuslan Brewing Inc.
Rawi Hage
De Niro's Game
House of Anansi Press
A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry ($2000)
Sponsored in memory of Sydney Weisbord
Susan Elmslie
I, Nadja, and Other Poems
Brick Books
Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction ($2000)
Sponsored by Paragraphe Bookstore
Rawi Hage
De Niro's Game
House of Anansi Press
Community Award
Julie Keith
2005
A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry
Sponsored in memory of Sydney Weisbord
Erín Moure
Little Theatres
House of Anansi Press
Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Neil Bissoondath
The Unyielding Clamour of the Night
Cormorant Books Inc.
Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction
Sponsored by Champlain, Dawson, Heritage, John Abbott, and Vanier Colleges
Fred Bruemmer
Survival: A Refugee Life
Key Porter Books
McAuslan First Book Prize
Sponsored by McAuslan Brewing Inc.
Marci Denesiuk
The Far Away Home
NeWest Press
and
Dimitri Nasrallah
Blackbodying
DC Books / New Writers Series
Translation Prize
Sponsored by Pierre Lapointe
Fred A. Reed
Truth or Death: The Quest for Immortality in the Western Narrative Tradition
Talonbooks
a translation of
Raconter et mourir
by Thierry Hentsch
Éditions du Boréal
Community Award
Guy Rodgers
Executive Director of the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN)
2004
A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry
Carmine Starnino
With English Subtitles
Gaspereau Press
Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction
Edeet Ravel
Look for Me
Random House Canada
Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction
Joel Yanofsky
Mordecai and Me: An Appreciation of a Kind
Red Deer Press
McAuslan First Book Prize
Jaspreet Singh
Seventeen Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir
Véhicule Press
Translation Prize
Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné
Un baume pour le cœur
(Originally published as Doing the Heart Good by by Neil Bissoondath, Éditions du Boréal)
Community Award
Margaret Goldik & Ian McGillis,
co-editors, Montreal Review of Books
2003
Poetry
Susan Gillis
Volta
Signature Editions
Non-fiction
Elaine Kalman Naves
Shoshanna's Story
McClelland & Stewart
Fiction
David Homel
The Speaking Cure
Douglas & McIntyre
First Book
Neale McDevitt
One Day Even Trevi Will Crumble
Exile Editions
Translation
Fred Reed and David Homel
The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle
Douglas & McIntyre, for Le coeur est un muscle involontaire, Monique Proulx (Boréal)
Community
Linda Leith, Founder and Artistic Director, Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival
2002
Poetry
Norm Sibum
Girls and Handsome Dogs
Non-fiction
Henry T. Aubin
The Rescue of Jerusalem
Fiction
Neil Bissoondath
Doing the Heart Good
First Book
Nalini Warriar
Blues from the Malabar Coast
Translation
Pan Bouyoucas
Dans l'ombre de Maggie
originally published as Jackrabbit Moon by Sheila Arnopoulos
Community
Linda Shohet, Director of The Centre of Literacy of Quebec
2001
Poetry
Anne Carson
The Beauty of the Husband
Alfred A. Knopf
Non-fiction
Jack Todd
A Taste of metal: A Deserter's Story
Harper Flamingo Canada
Fiction
Yann Martel
The Life of Pi, Knopf Canada.
First Book
Jack Todd
A Taste of metal: A Deserter's Story
Harper Flamingo Canada
Translation
Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott
The Great Peace of Montreal of 1701: French-Native Diplomacy in the Seventeenth Century
McGill Queen's university Press, (from La Grande Paix de Montréal de 1701: les voies de la diplomatie franco-amérindienne by Gilles Havard)
Community
Germain Lefebvre, Cultural Advisor of CACUM: Conseil des Arts de la CUM
2000
Poetry
Rachel Rose
Giving My Body to Science
McGill-Queen's University Press
Non-fiction
Taras Grescoe
Sacré Blues — An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec
Macfarlane Walter & Ross
Fiction
Julie Keith
The Devil Out There
Knopf Canada
First Book
Taras Grescoe
Sacré Blues — An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec
Macfarlane Walter & Ross
Translation
Claire Dé
Montréal Barbare
Les Éditions Des Intouchables, From City Of Forgetting by Robert Majzels, (Mercury Press)
Community
Patricia Pleszcynska of CBC Radio
1999
Poetry
Bruce Taylor
Facts
Véhicule
Non-fiction
Elaine Kalman Naves
Putting Down Roots
Véhicule
Fiction
Elyse Gasco
Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?
McClelland & Stewart
First Book
Elyse Gasco
Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?
McClelland & Stewart
Translation
Sheila Fischman
These Festive Nights
Anansi, for Marie-Claire Blais, Soifs (Boréal)
Community
Mireille Goulet
1998
Poetry
Anne Carson
Autobiography of Red
Alfred A. Knopf
Non-fiction
David Manicom
Progeny of Ghosts: Travels in Russia and the Old Empire
Oolichan
Fiction
Mordecai Richler
Barney's Version
Knopf Canada
First Book
Matthew Friedman
Fuzzy Logic: Dispatches from the Information Revolution
Véhicule
Translation
Hélène Rioux
Self
XYZ éditeur, for Yann Martel, Self (Faber and Faber)
Community
Simon Dardick and Nancy Marrelli of Véhicule Press
1997
Poetry
Ralph Gustafson (d.1995)
Visions Fugitive
Véhicule
Non-fiction
William Weintraub
City Unique: Montreal Days and Nights in the 40s and 50s
McClelland & Stewart
Fiction
Charles Foran
Butterfly Lovers
HarperCollins
First Book
Irene Burstyn
Picking up Pearls
Robert Davies Publishing
Community
Shelley Pomerance of CBC Radio
1996
Poetry
Anne Carson
Glass, Irony and God
New Directions
Non-fiction
T.F. Rigelhof
A Blue Boy in a Black Dress: A Memoir
Oberon
Fiction
Trevor Ferguson
The Timekeeper
HarperCollins
First Book
Blema Steinberg
Shame and Humiliation: Presidential Decision Making on Vietnam
McGIll-Queens University Press
Community
Bryan Demchinsky
1995
Poetry
D.G. Jones
The Floating Garden
Coach House
Non-fiction
Charles Foran
The Last House of Ulster: A Family in Belfast
HarperCollins
Fiction
George Szanto
Friends & Marriages
Véhicule
Community
Judith Mappin
1994
Poetry
Julie Bruck
The Woman Downstairs
Brick Books
Raymond Filip
Flowers in Magnetic Fields
Guernica
Non-fiction
Laura S. Groening
E.K. Brown: A Study in Conflict
University of Toronto Press
Fiction
Ann Diamond Evil Eye
Véhicule
1993
Poetry
Ralph Gustafson
Configurations at Midnight
ECW Press
Non-fiction
Zhimei Zhang
Foxspirit: A Woman in Mao's China
Véhicule
Fiction
P. Scott Lawrence
Missing Fred Astaire
Véhicule
1992
Poetry
Naomi Guttman
Reasons for Winter
Brick Books
Non-fiction
Mary Meigs
In the Company of Strangers
Talon Books
Fiction
Ray Smith
A Night at the Opera
Porcupine's Quill
1991
Poetry
Eric Ormsby
Bavarian Shrine and Other Poems
ECW Press
Non-fiction
Donald MacKay
Flight From Famine
McClelland & Stewart
Fiction
Kenneth Radu
A Private Performance
Véhicule
1990
Poetry
Erin Moure
WSW (West South West)
Véhicule
Bruce Taylor
Cold Rubber Feet
Cormorant
Non-fiction
David Solway
Education Lost: Reflections on Contemporary Pedogogical Practice
OISE
Fiction
Mordecai Richler
Solomon Gursky Was Here
Viking
1989
Poetry
D.G. Jones
Balthazar and Other Poems
Coach House Press
Non-fiction
Witold Rybczynski
The Most Beautiful House in the World
Viking/Penguin
Fiction
Kenneth Radu
Distant Relations
Oberon
1988
Poetry
David Solway
Modern Marriage
Véhicule
Non-fiction
Witold Rybczynski
Home: A Short History of an Idea
Penguin
Fiction
Hugh Hood
The Motor Boys in Ottawa
Stoddart