Lisa Moore 'honoured, humbled' to receive Engel/Findley Award

Deana Stokes Sullivan
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Newfoundland author Lisa Moore says she was “honoured and humbled” Wednesday night to receive the $25,000 Engel/Findley Award at the Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto.

“This award is for the whole body of my work to date,” Moore said in a telephone interview with The Telegram Thursday before boarding a plane to return to her home in St. John’s.

Moore said the judges were Newfoundland author Wayne Johnston and writers Nino Ricci and Jane Urquhart. “I’ve read their work and their work has meant a lot to me. It’s special to be recognized by those writers, so I’m thrilled,” she said.

Past recipients of the Engel/Findley Award include Nino Ricci, Michael Winter, Miriam Toews, and Wayne Johnston. The award is sponsored by the Writers’ Trust of Canada board of directors,, and David Ellins. It was presented by Jane Urquhart.

The Writers’ Trust Awards ceremony included five other prizes and the distribution of $114,000 to Canadian writers.

Moore was also nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust $25,000 Fiction Prize for her latest work, “Caught,” a story that involves drug smuggling and a huge pot bust.

The Rogers Writers Trust award went to Colin McAdam for his novel, “A Beautiful Truth,” about family, belonging, and survival told through the eyes of two chimpanzees and their human caretakers.

Moore has received many accolades for her work. Her book, “Caught” was also a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize this year.

Her novel, “February,” was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the 2013 CBC Canada Reads award.

Moore’s book, “Alligator,” was a finalist for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won a 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and her short story collection, “Open” was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2002.

Asked what the key is to award-winning writing, Moore said, “I work very hard. I’m very obsessed with writing.”

She said true writers starting out need to read as widely as they can and challenge themselves in terms of what they’re reading.

Moore describes literature as “all of us telling stories at once.” She said this sharing of culture makes us rich.

In accepting her latest award, Moore said she had the opportunity to thank people and express her gratitude to the many people who have supported her. She said no book comes into the world without a publisher and she’s really grateful to her family members who have been behind her 100 per cent. “Nobody does this alone,” she said.

Moore said she’s looking forward now to getting a bit of a break at home in St. John’s. “I’m elated and excited about coming home and being with family,” she said.

Organizations: Rogers Writers Trust, Trust of Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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