Calgary Herald

Absorbing Boy wins Trillium Book award

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Rabindrana­th Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy, a novel about a young immigrant who experience­s Toronto through the prism of comic books, has won the Trillium Book Award for best book, it was announced on Friday.

Maharaj, the critically acclaimed author of books such as A Perfect Pledge, Homer in Flight, and The Interloper, won the Englishlan­guage prize over a shortlist that included: Emma Donoghue for Room, which won the 2010 Rogers Writer’s Trust of Canada Fiction Prize and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize; James FitzGerald for his memoir What Disturbs Our Blood, which won the 2010 Writers’ Trust of Canada NonFiction Prize; Ken Sparling for his novel, Book; Paul Vermeersch for his poetry collection, The Reinventio­n of the Human Hand; and Michael Winter for his work of documentar­y fiction, The Death of Donna Whalen.

Estelle Beauchamp won the French-language Trillium Book Award for Un souffle venu de loin. Other winners included: Jeff Latosik, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, winner of the English-language Trillium Book Award for Poetry; and Daniel Marchildon, La premiere guerre de Toronto, winner of the French-language Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature.

The winners of the Trillium Best Book Awards each receive $20,000 — while winners of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the French-language Trillium Book Award for Children’s Literature each receive $10,000.

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