2010 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

Michael HelmCities of RefugeMichael Helm
Cities of Refuge
McClelland & Stewart

About the Book

In Cities of Refuge a single act of violence resonates through several lives, connecting closeby fears to distant political terrors. At the story’s centre is the complex, intensely charged relationship between a 28-year-old woman and the father who abandoned her when she was young. The novel weaves a web of incrimination and inquiry, where mysteries live within mysteries, and the power to save or condemn rests in the forces of history, and in the realm of our deepest longings.

About the Author

Michael Helm was nominated for this prize in 2004 for his second novel In the Place of Last Things. His writing and photography have appeared in several North American newspapers and magazines, including Brick, where he serves as editor. Helm teaches creative writing at York University in Toronto.




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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