In Writers We Trust

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing, founded in 1976 by Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young.

Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers.

One thing all great writers have in common is that they always make time to read. With help from generous sponsors like Chestnut Park Real Estate, the Writers’ Trust of Canada celebrates and encourages Canadian writers who are taking their work to the next level. We asked a few Writers’ Trust literary award and program honourees to share some recent book titles that they couldn’t put down. Look no further than this list of literary gems for entertaining reads that are thought-provoking and homegrown to boot.

 

Here are some must-reads from our talented Writers’ Trust award and program honourees.

Drew Hayden Taylor

Past Berton House Writer-in-Residence

Tanya Talaga

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing winner

“Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga is a fascinating, brutal book that has applications to all of Canada. Literally, it will make you clench your fists in rage and maybe shed a tear or two while calling you to action.”


Tanya Talaga

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing winner

Eden Robinson

Writers’ Trust Fellowship recipient

“Son of A Trickster by Eden Robinson is fantastic, lyrical, and spell-binding. She paints a great portrait of the life of a teenage Indigenous boy growing up in a single-parent household. His relationship with his mother is heartbreaking but will also leave you cheering, hoping that they make it, and hoping for a sequel.”


Eden Robinson

Writers’ Trust Fellowship recipient

Yasuko Thanh

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize winner

“Yasuko Thanh’s Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains is a historical novel about colonial Vietnam told with a cool eye and a sense of whimsy.”


Kerry Lee Powell

Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize finalist

Kamal Al-Solaylee

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing winner

“Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Brown: What Being Brown in the World Today Means (to Everyone) explores wide-ranging issues of race with humanity and grace, delving into the complexities and ambiguities of what it means to be brown in our time. Al-Solaylee is a splendid writer, achieving in Brown that rare feat: a work that is clear and complex, elegant and heartfelt.”


Kamal Al-Solaylee

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing winner

Heather O’Neill

Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize finalist

“Part Dickensian, part Bohemian, The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill is a tale of two orphans in Montreal in the 1930s, a feat of storytelling and further evidence of the spell that O’Neill casts on her readers with every sentence she writes.”


Heather O’Neill

Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize finalist

Vivek Shraya

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers finalist

“Vivek Shraya’s Even This Page is White was a fantastic book of poems. It challenges complacency and widens your scope of the world. And you will enjoy having your perception heightened. I gave it to my daughter’s friend who refuses to read books, because it is so seductive.”

Find even more interesting Canadian reads at writerstrust.com