1997 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize Winner

The Origin of Waves by Austin Clarke Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Year 1: 1997

Austin Clarke
The Origin of Waves
McClelland & Stewart

Clarke, Austin Winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for The Origin of Waves

There is a wonderful cadence to both the narrative and dialogue in this book, a seamless rhythm that seduces the reader and makes it impossible to put down.” –Edmonton Journal

About the Book

It’s Christmastime in Toronto. Two elderly Barbadian men, close friends from childhood who haven’t seen each other for close to fifty years, literally collide in a snowstorm. As they bring each other up to date on their lives over the intervening years, John brags of his exploits around the world, about his brood of children and his international set of wives. Tim is seemingly reticent, guarded, fending off John’s directness about all matters of the heart and libido. Gradually the two men reveal their innermost truths in this poetic, provocative novel.

About the Author

Austin Clarke was born in Barbados in 1934 and came to Canada to attend university in 1955. The author of 11 novels as well as six short story collections, four memoirs and two poetry collections, Clarke was known for exploring the immigrant experience in his work. His literary accolades include the Giller Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award, as well as the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, which he won in its inaugural year, 1997, for The Origin of Waves. A Member of the Order of Canada, Clarke died in June 2016.




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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