2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

Colin McAdam for A Beautiful Truth 2013 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize winner

Colin McAdam
A Beautiful Truth
Hamish Hamilton Canada


"In prose both strange and startling, Colin McAdam asks what, if anything, separates the human from the animal; he answers with heartbreaking honesty.

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam tells the story of Judy and Walt, of their adopted chimpanzee Looee, and of a whole cast of other primates at a research institute in Florida. This is the kind of book you finish just to pick back up again, if only to figure out how he pulled it off."

-2013 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Caroline Adderson, Alison Pick, and Miguel Syjuco)

About the Book

Walt and Judy's happiness has been blighted by their childlessness. Although their marriage seems blissful, Judy feels increasingly empty and Walt longs to make her happy again. Then he brings home Looee – a baby chimpanzee. Looee, exuberant and demanding, immediately fills the gap, and they come to love him as their own son. Like any child, Looee is affectionate and quick to learn. But he is also a deeply unpredictable animal, and one night their unique family life is changed forever. Told alternately from the perspective of humans and chimpanzees, A Beautiful Truth is about realities of nature we so often ignore.

About the Author

Colin McAdam has written for Harper’s and The Walrus. He is a past winner of the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize, and has been a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General’s Literary Award. This is McAdam’s second nomination for a Writers’ Trust award; he was a finalist for this prize in 2004 for his first novel, Some Great Thing. He lives 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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