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The 2013 Trillium Book Awards

June 20, 2013

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Alice Munro won this year’s Trillium Book Award and I honestly couldn’t have been happier to just have been there, let alone on the short list for the Canadian edition of The Blondes. No one knew that night that Munro was announcing her retirement from writing but her short, perfect, beautiful speech seemed a parting message to not  just writers of Canadian origin but any writer ever pushed to the margins.

I’m overwhelmed. This is truly wonderful. There are so many good writers in this country. When I began, there were fewer of us, and, well, there was some doubt as to could [there] be such thing as many? We got together, and we proved that that was wrong. There could indeed be Canadian writers, and this room fills that to such perfection. I’m so proud of you all.

Over on Joyland’s Tumblr we have a slide show of our entire trip.

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