The Shock Absorber

The Shock Absorber

By Michael Lista
September 22, 2015

There is a circle and there is a line.

I’m in the line, queued in a posh Toronto neighbourhood between the man who just lost the race to be Prime Minister, and the country’s most powerful newspaper magnate. In line with us are writers, journalists, socialites, industrialists, all wending their way through the warm June evening to be received by Scott Griffin, the redoubtable patron, founder and host of one of the world’s richest literary awards, The Griffin Poetry Prize. Tonight is the annual Awards Gala, an opulent celebration of the written word at which Mr. Griffin will award two writers $65,000 each for having authored a winning book.

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