Mark Frutkin’s Fabrizio’s Return, a novel set in 17th- and 18th-century Italy, topped a field that included past winner Dionne Brand to claim the 2006 Trillium Book Award. It was the 20th year for the Ontario prize, presented yesterday at the U of T’s Hart House.


In accepting his $20,000 prize, the Ottawa writer cited both Franz Kafka, then Groucho Marx with: “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”


Other contenders included: Anar Ali’s Baby Khaki’s Wings, Dionne Brand’s Inventory, Bernice Eisenstein’s I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, and Charlotte Gray’s Reluctant Genius.