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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Yasuko Thanh is nominated this year for her debut novel, Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains, based on the true story of the Hanoi Poison Plot of 1908.
Thanh’s pick: “I discovered Bad Imaginings as a fledgling reader and writer of short stories in 1993: Caroline Adderson’s collection, which displays a panoply of perspectives from a little boy to a chambermaid, a rainmaker to a gold miner, across various eras and locations, showed me what voice in fiction is capable of, the possibilities of what it can do when wielded by a powerful and empathetic hand.”