Canada's Hannah Moscovitch among winners of $150K literary prize

TORONTO -- Acclaimed Toronto-based playwright Hannah Moscovitch hasn't had much time to bask in the glory of her US$150,000 prize for literary achievement.

See Full Article

On Tuesday, when Yale University announced Moscovitch as one of nine recipients of the lucrative Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes, she was battling a snowstorm in Toronto so she could get her eight-month-old baby to the doctor.

"It's been a little bit psychedelic. It's a bit delirious, actually," the 37-year-old said by phone late Tuesday afternoon.

"(I) came home and there was like 99-plus messages for me on Twitter and then I shut it down and went and had a nap with him, because we nap together every day.

"So I was lying there staring at the ceiling with my son. The juxtapositions are strange, for sure."

The Windham-Campbell Prizes honour three winners each for fiction, drama and non-fiction. Each winner receives a $150,000 grant.

Ottawa's Moscovitch was cited for drama. She was praised by the prize for "pushing herself with each subsequent work to deeper levels of emotional and intellectual complexity."

"It's the most astonishing validation," said the multiple Dora Award winner, who's known for heralded works including "East of Berlin" and "This is War."

"Because I freelance and I have absolutely no sense of what will happen in a year or two years, even a little sense of security can only embolden you and help your work to become more itself, to become more fully realized, because you feel a little safer."

Moscovitch said she had no idea she'd been nominated for the prize and found out she'd won a few days ago. She had to keep the victory to herself until the embargo lifted at midnight Tuesday morning.

"You get a call that feels like they've got to be lying to you," she said. "Like there's no way that someone wants to give you 150,000 American dollars. It just sounds so strange when someone calls you and says that."

The prize is worth just over C$200,000.

The other drama winners this year were Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Abbie Spallen.

Novelist and critic Stanley Crouch won for non-fiction, along with Hilton Als and Helen Garner.

In fiction, the winners were Tessa Hadley, C.E. Morgan and Jerry Pinto.

The prize was established in 2013 and named for the late novelist Donald Windham and his longtime partner Sandy M. Campbell.



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Roman Polanski's latest film gets mixed reviews at Cannes

    Entertainment CBC News
    Roman Polanski, whose 1960s films Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby focused on women in mental torment, returns to the same theme in a film that screened at Cannes on Saturday to mixed reviews. Based on a True Story stars Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner as Delphine, a successful author who makes friends with an overly-keen fan Elle, played by Eva Green, in a relationship that quickly takes on elements of Single White Female. Source
  • Property Wars reality TV star facing trial for fraud

    Entertainment CBC News
    A former star on the Property Wars reality TV show has been accused of wire fraud and other charges involving furniture stores he owns and operates in the Phoenix, Ariz. metro area. American authorities say Scott Menaged was arrested Wednesday in a case being investigated by the U.S. Source
  • Liam Gallagher to make solo debut for Manchester relief

    Entertainment CTV News
    Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher on Friday announced his solo debut with a concert in his native Manchester to support families affected by the deadly suicide attack at the city's arena. The singer, infamous during the heyday of Oasis in the 1990s for his foul mouth and hard-living, said that Tuesday's show will raise money for a Red Cross-supported appeal following the blast that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert. Source
  • Guitar king Clapton honoured by France

    Entertainment CTV News
    Guitar legend Eric Clapton has been honoured by France for his services to music, the French embassy in London said Friday. Clapton was made a commander in the Order of Arts and Letters (l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Thursday by French ambassador Sylvie Bermann, who called him an "ambassador of the blues in France". Source
  • Brad Pitt, Pharrell among mourners at Chris Cornell memorial [Photos]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Brad Pitt and Pharrell joined mourners Friday at Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s memorial service at a storied Hollywood cemetery. Soundgarden music played from a portable speaker outside the cemetery’s gates as a group of about a dozen fans gathered outside. Source
  • Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor split

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Ben Stiller and his wife announced Friday that they are separating after 17 years of marriage. Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority. Source
  • Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation

    Entertainment CTV News
    Actor Ben Stiller, left, and wife Christine Taylor during Stiller's Hand & Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on Tuesday, December, 3, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP) Source
  • David Hasselhoff denied Leonardo DiCaprio 'Baywatch' role

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Leonardo DiCaprio’s parents are still sore with David Hasselhoff for refusing to cast their son as his kid on Baywatch. Hasselhoff admits he ran into DiCaprio and his folks at the Cannes Film Festival premiere for The Great Gatsby in 2013 — and they still remembered the snub. Source
  • Anthrax wants to back up Lady Gaga

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Anthrax has offered to hit the road as Lady Gaga’s backing band after watching her front Metallica at the Grammy Awards. The Poker Face singer joined Metallica for a performance of their song Moth Into Flame at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and it was enough to convince guitarist Scott Ian that she should have a heavy rock act behind her at all times. Source
  • Chris Cornell of Soundgarden laid to rest in Hollywood

    Entertainment CBC News
    Music's elite and celebrities remembered Chris Cornell at a somber memorial service Friday that focused on the Soundgarden frontman's love of family and friends as much as it did on his musical achievements as one of rock's leading voices. Source