Celebrating the Trillium Book Award

28may1:00 pm2:00 pmCelebrating the Trillium Book AwardWith Kathy Friedman, Stuart Ross, Emma Healey, and Gary Barwin

Speakers for this event

  • Emma Healey

    Emma Healey


    Emma Healey is the author, most recently, of Best Young Woman Job Book: A Memoir, published by Random House Canada in 2022. She is also the author of two books of poetry, Begin with the End in Mind and Stereoblind. Her writing has been published in places like n+1, Vulture, The LA Review of Books, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Art and many, many more.


  • Gary Barwin

    Gary Barwin



  • Kathy Friedman

    Kathy Friedman


    KATHY FRIEDMAN is the author of the short story collection All the Shining People (House of Anansi, 2022), a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. She teaches in Humber College’s Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing program and is the co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops. Originally from Durban, South Africa, she now lives in Tkaronto


  • Stuart Ross

    Stuart Ross


    Stuart Ross is recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry, among others, and the author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. His work has been translated into French, Norwegian, Slovene, Russian, Spanish, and Estonian. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.


Event Details

In partnership with Ontario Creates

Join us for a special conversation with the finalists of the 2023 Trillium Book Award.

All the Shining People by Kathy Friedman
House of Anansi

All the Shining People explores migration, diaspora, and belonging within Toronto’s Jewish South African community, as individuals come to terms with the oppressive hierarchies that separate, and the connections that bind. Seeking a place to belong, the book’s characters — including a life-drawing model searching the streets for her lover; a woman confronting secrets from her past in the new South Africa; and a man grappling with the legacy of his father, a former political prisoner — crave authentic relationships that replicate the lost feeling of home. With its focus on family, culture, and identity, All the Shining People captures the experiences of immigrants and outsiders with honesty, subtlety, and deep sympathy.

The Book of Grief and Hamburgers by Stuart Ross
ECW Press

A writer friend once pointed out that whenever Stuart Ross got close to something heavy and “real” in a poem, a hamburger would inevitably appear for comic relief. In this hybrid essay/memoir/poetic meditation, Ross shoves aside the heaping plate of burgers to wrestle with what it means to grieve the people one loves and what it means to go on living in the face of an enormous accumulation of loss. Written during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, shortly after the sudden death of his brother left him the last living member of his family and as a catastrophic diagnosis meant anticipating the death of his closest friend, this meditation on mortality — a kind of literary shiva — is Ross’s most personal book to date. More than a catalogue of losses, The Book of Grief and Hamburgers is a moving act of resistance against self-annihilation and a desperate attempt to embrace all that was good in his relationships with those most dear to him.

Best Young Woman Job Book by Emma Healey

Best Young Woman Job Book by Emma Healey
Penguin Random House Canada

Emma Healey just wants to be a writer, but that’s more a journey than a job, and the journey isn’t free. As a teenager, she begins her adventures in precarious employment when introduced by her actor/playwright mother to the role of “standardized patient,” performing illness as a living training dummy for medical students. In university, she joins a creative writing program, cultivating a poet’s interest in language while learning lessons about the literary world that have more to do with survival than art. Through her twenties, she writes software manuals for the world’s leading producer of online pornography, masters search engine optimization for a marketing firm run out of a bedroom by two Phish-loving brothers, narrowly escapes death as a research assistant for a television drama, and works the night shift captioning daytime TV. Along the way, as she navigates dating apps, tumultuous relationships, and the evolution of a voice that she is slowly learning to trust, she begins writing personal essays for money—and finds herself embroiled in a content economy that blurs the boundaries between day job and making art even further.


Accessibility Sponsor: Canadian Authors Association

Supported by Ontario Creates

Vibrant Voices of Ontario


28 May 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

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