Anyway, the Toronto Book Awards. These city-specific awards “honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.” It's one of the few inter-genre awards (non-fiction doesn't competes with fiction very often), and it's got a nice twist, and both of those attributes help to keep it fresh. So, here the finalists are:
- James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood (Random House Canada) – non-fiction
- James King, Étienne’s Alphabet (Cormorant Books)
- Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Knopf Canada)
- Nicholas Ruddock, The Parabolist (Doubleday Canada)
- Alissa York, Fauna (Random House Canada)
here has been a lot of discussion about the value of libraries and reading in Toronto over the last few months, so I'm glad to see the book awards haven't been cancelled.