Ian Brown won the Ontario government's $20,000 (US$19,307) Trillium Book Award for his memoir, The Boy in the Moon. The National Post reported this is "the third major prize the book has scooped up since it was published by Random House Canada last year. Already this year it has won the $40,000 B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction." In the French-language category, Ryad Assani-Razaki was honored for his short story collection Deux Cercles
Karen Solie won the $10,000 Trillium poetry prize for her third collection, Pigeon, and Michèle Matteau took the French-language poetry award for Passerelles.
Debut authors Jeramy Dodds and Pasha Malla won the Ontario government's two $20,000 (US$17,660) Trillium Book Awards for literary excellence in English. The National Post reported that Dodds received the poetry prize for Crabwise to the Hounds, "a debut collection that also made the short list for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize."
Malla was honored for his short story collection, The Withdrawal Method, which the jury praised as "an assured and mature first collection from one of our best young writers, one who pairs striking emotional depth with remarkable technical skill."
Trillium Book Awards for literary excellence in English Finalists (2009)
The other finalists for the $20,000 prize were Revolver by poet Kevin Connolly; Coventry: A Novel by Helen Humphreys; ANGEL RIOTS by Ibi Kaslik; In The Land Of Long Fingernails, a memoir by Charles Wilkins; and The Origin of Species, by former Trillium winner Nino Ricci.
In the French-language category, Marguerite Andersen won $20,000 for Le figuier sur le toit, and Paul Prud'Homme's Les Rebuts: Hockey 2 took the $10,000 Trillium Book Award for children's literature.