This year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, which recognizes the best Canadian novel or short story collection with an annual prize of $25,000, turns 20. To mark two decades of Canlit achievment, Chatelaine asked nominees from 1996 to 2016 for their all-time favourite works of home-grown fiction. Click below to see who loves what — and the books you’ll be ordering ASAP. (Hint: Reading Mavis Gallant is basically a patriotic duty.)
This year’s winners will be announced at the Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony in Toronto on November 2.
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Anosh Irani is nominated this year for The Parcel, the powerful story of a hijra, a person belonging to the third sex, in Bombay’s red-light district.
Irani’s pick: “A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. It’s such an intimate epic. Its scope is tremendous — it reflects the injustice of a nation through the inner lives of four characters: a young Parsi man, an older Parsi woman, and two tailors — but at no point does it lose its humanity. When I first read this novel, it made my insides churn, but it also came with the luminescence that only the highest forms of art can offer.”