2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist



Lynn Coady
House of Anansi

Lynn Coady

Jury Citation  

Lynn Coady’s brilliant short stories offer a discomforting cast of characters who can’t ever genuinely relate – a mutually tormenting teacher and student, a nun and her anorexic patient, newly-weds into S&M. The struggles of these mismatched people are painful and often hilarious, and the startling way everyday objects embody their predicaments – jars of salsa, the flag on a mailbox, a chain link fence – never fails to move us. Enigmatic and witty, Hellgoing pushes us all against the fence.

About the Book

Lynn Coady captures the foibles and obsessions of men and women in this collection of nine stories. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day. Fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Coady captures with pathos and humour what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.

About the Author

Lynn Coady is a novelist, editor, and journalist. Her most recent novel, The Antagonist, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, which Hellgoing was also recently longlisted for. This is Coady’s second nomination for a Writers’ Trust award; she was nominated for this prize in 2000 for her first collection of stories, Play the Monster Blind. She is a co-founder and senior editor of the magazine Eighteen Bridges. Originally from Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Coady now lives in Edmonton.






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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