TORONTO. ON., Sept. 25, 2020 — Just in time for cosy fall reading, the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have named the 12 books longlisted for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are inspired by Toronto.
The titles selected for the 2020 long list are:
- Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta (House of Anansi Press)
- The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole (Penguin Random House Canada)
- The Missing Millionaire by Katie Daubs (Penguin Random House Canada)
- Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (ECW Press)
- We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib (Penguin Random House Canada)
- In the Beggarly Style of Imitation by Jean Marc Ah-Sen (Nightwoood Editions)
- Artistic Glass by Cloe Aigner (ECW Press)
- Dancing After Ten by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber (FantaGraphics)
- Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt (Penguin Random House Canada)
- Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes (Penguin Random House Canada)
- Take Back the Tray by Joshna Maharaj (ECW Press)
- Mobile by Tanis MacDonald (Book*hug Press)
Race and equity are the subject of three titles: Shame on Me, The Skin We’re In, We Have Always Been Here. Seven out of 12 titles longlisted were published by small presses.
The short list for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on November 2 and the winner will be named in an online ceremony, live-streamed on November 30.
This is the 46th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000, with $10,000 going to the winner. This year’s Toronto Book Awards Committee is comprised of volunteer members Kate Cayley, Michael Fraser, Liz Howard, Ben McNally and Naben Ruthnum.
More information about the awards is available at toronto.ca/book_awards and on Twitter at @Culture_TO and #tobookawards.