Absorbing Boy wins Trillium Book award
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.