2014 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Finalist


André Alexis
Coach House Books



Jury Citation  

André Alexis’s Pastoral breathes new life into an old literary form. With prose that is sharp, witty, and highly original, Alexis tells the story of a young city pastor who takes up a country parish and struggles to engage both himself and the residents of the small town of Barrow in a meaningful spiritual practice. Expertly paced and filled with memorable characters and scenes, Pastoral is a glorious, imaginative exploration of belief. A wonderful balance of elements helps to create that most impossible of things – a virtually flawless novel.

About the Author

André Alexis’ debut novel, Childhood, was shortlisted for this prize and the Giller Prize in 1998. His other books include the novel Asylum and a children’s book, Ingrid & the Wolf, which was a finalist for a 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award. Alexis is an editor at large for This Magazine and was the creator and host of CBC Radio’s Skylarkin’. Born in Trinidad and raised in Ottawa, Alexis 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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