We all know the important work the Writer's Trust of Canada does for our country's writers. Joseph Boyden calls it a lifeline for Canadian authors, and Margaret Atwood says it "could be the difference between a finished book and one whose pages remain blank forever.” But what you may not have realized is that, in addition to providing a level of support to writers unmatched by any other non-governmental organization, the Writer's Trust can throw a good party.
Chrissy and I spent an inspiring three days in Toronto, courtesy of the Writer's Trust and RBC. I was one of three Canadian writers shortlisted for the 2016 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Brendan Bowles took home the grand prize for his stunning story, "Wyatt Thurst," but all three finalists were completely spoiled and equally celebrated. After being treated to some of the most delicious food in Toronto with some of the industry's most inspiring and charming people as dining companions, the three finalists gave readings at the gorgeous awards ceremony at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Chrissy and I were overwhelmed by the level of support in the room and came home buzzing with excitement and full of the knowledge that the Canadian writing and reading scene is a vibrant, engaged community to which we are so grateful to belong.
You can find all the photos of the event here. You will see what we mean by "gorgeous party."
You can read the stories here.
And you can listen to the readings here. It was an incredible experience reading for such an attentive and appreciative audience.