2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon  2009 Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Annabel Lion
The Golden Mean
Random House Canada

Clarke, Austin Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Origin of Waves

“Annabel Lyon's Aristotle is the most fully-realized historical character in contemporary fiction.

The Golden Mean engenders in the reader the same helpless sensitivity to the ferocious beauty of the world that is Aristotle’s disease. In this alarmingly confident and transporting debut novel, Lyon offers us that rarest of treats: a book about philosophy, about the power of ideas, that chortles and sings like an earthy romance.

-2009 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Marina Endicott, Miriam Toews, and R.M. Vaughan)

About the Book

Aristotle is forced to postpone his dream of succeeding Plato as the leader of the Academy in Athens when Philip of Macedon asks him to stay on in his capital city of Pella to tutor his precocious son, Alexander. Appalled at first, he is soon drawn to the boy’s intellectual potential. Born into a warrior culture, thrown before his time onto his father’s battlefields, Alexander needs to learn the golden mean, that elusive balance between extremes that Aristotle hopes will mitigate the boy’s will to conquer.

About the Author

Annabel Lyon first collection of short fiction, Oxygen, was nominated for the Danuta Gleed and ReLit awards. Her second collection, The Best Thing of You, was nominated for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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