Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood among finalists for Trillium Book Award

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CanLit heavyweights Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood have made the short list for the Trillium Book Award.

Munro is a finalist for "Too Much Happiness," which was nominated for last year's Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.

TORONTO -

CanLit heavyweights Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood have made the short list for the Trillium Book Award.

Munro is a finalist for "Too Much Happiness," which was nominated for last year's Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Governor General's Literary Award.

Atwood is nominated for "The Year of the Flood," which was longlisted for last year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

A total of seven English books and five French titles made the short list for the Trillium award, now into its 23rd year.

Recipients receive $20,000 while their publishers get $2,500 to promote the winning titles.

Winners will be announced at a Toronto luncheon June 24.

Other nominees include Anne Michaels for "The Winter Vault," which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize last February, and for last year's Giller.

Journalist Ian Brown made the cut for "The Boy in the Moon," which won the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction last February.

Rounding out the list of English-language titles: Alexandra Leggat for "Animal," Emily Schultz for "Heaven is Small," and "Lemon" by Cordelia Strube.

The French finalists are: Ryad Assani-Razaki's "Deux cercles"; Nicole Champeau for "Pointe Maligne: L'infiniment oubliee"; "Freres ennemis" by Jean Mohsen Fahmy; Daniel Soha's "La Maison: une parabole"; and Daniel Poliquin for "Rene Levesque," which was also up for the Charles Taylor Prize.

Three titles have also been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English language and two titles in French language.

The English-language poetry finalists are: Susan Holbrook, "Joy is so Exhausting"; "Pigeon" by Karen Solie; and Matthew Tierney for "The Hayflick Limit."

French-language poetry finalists are Jacqueline Borowick for "Le chant du coucou" and Michele Matteau for "Passerelles."

Organizations: Rogers Writers, Commonwealth Writers

Geographic location: TORONTO

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