Prizes

Award-winning American author Annie Proulx receives the Blue Metropolis Literary Grand Prix for her body of work, which includes Barkskins, The Shipping News and Brokeback Mountain, which inspired the critically acclaimed major motion picture. In conversation with Eleanor Wachtel of CBC Radio’s Writers and Company.

Poet, novelist, essayist and non-fiction writer Dionne Brand receives the Violet Prize, awarded to a Canadian LGBTQ writer for their body of work. The award ceremony will be followed by an onstage interview and book signing.

Argentine writer Claudia Piñeiro, revered for her best-selling crime and mystery novels, short stories, film scripts, and plays, receives the Blue Metropolis Premio Azul for her body of work.

Terese Marie Mailhot, of the Seabird Island Indian Band, of British Columbia, receives the 2019 First Peoples Prize for her New York Times bestselling memoir, Heart Berries.

British author and journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge receives the Words to Change Prize for her non-fiction book Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, a compelling exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

Palestinian Montrealer Yara El-Ghadban receives the Blue Metropolis/Conseil des arts de Montréal Diversity Prize for her novel Je suis Ariel Sharon.

Internationally renowned economist Joseph E. Stiglitz receives the inaugural Blue Metropolis Anthony Atkinson Equality Prize, for The Price of Inequality and The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them, two non-fiction works that have made a significant contribution to the public debate on social inequality.