25th Trillium Award

Trillium Testimonial: Vicki Delany

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This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Ontario's illustrious Trillium Book Award/Prix Trillium. To celebrate this silver milestone, Open Book has asked members of the literary community to tell us what they love about their favourite award-winning Trillium title. If you're looking for a recommended read (or re-read), follow these Trillium Testimonials on Open Book: Ontario from now until the winners of the 2012 award competition are announced. Today, mystery writer Vicki Delany tells us why she's chosen Jane Urquhart's Away (McClelland & Stewart), winner of the 1993 Trillium Book Award.

Open Book:

What do you love about this book and when did you first read it?

Vicki Delany:

Beautiful, lyrical, inspired, as are all of Urquhart’s novels, Away is quite simply magical storytelling combining the tragedy of the Irish immigrant, touches of old-country magic realism, a multi-generational family of women and the growth of Canada.

As I recall, I first read Away shortly after it was published, but I read it again just a couple of years ago after I moved to Prince Edward County, which is on Lake Ontario, close to the setting of Away. The story had lost none of its power: if anything it spoke to me with even more power as I also settled into a new home.

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers. Her work includes stand-alone novels of gothic suspense, the Smith & Winters series set in the British Columbia Interior and the light-hearted Klondike Gold Rush Series. Vicki lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki is settling down to the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario where she rarely wears a watch.

Visit her at her website, www.vickidelany.com

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