Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

The Meagre Tarmac

Clark Blaise
The Meagre Tarmac


Clark Blaise

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About the Book

Described as an “Indo-American Canterbury Tales,” this collection of short stories gives a peek into the changing heart of America. They include the very amusing tale of Cyrus Chutneywala who, at his mother behest, flies from Pittsburgh to Toronto with the hope of making a match with Darya D’Aquino, an “unblemished” Parsi girl from an “outstanding family”; and the angst-filled narrative of Dr. Vivek Waldekar of Stanford University, who contemplates sending his American-born teenaged daughter to his native Mumbai when his own secret past threatens to become known.

About the Author

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Blaise founded the postgraduate Creative Writing Program at Concordia University. His 2001 biography, Time Lord: Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time, won the Pearson Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize. The Meagre Tarmac is longlisted for this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Blaise lives in San Francisco with his wife and fellow author, Bharati Mukherjee.

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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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