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finalists for the 2015 Toronto Book Awards


Finalists for the Toronto Book Awards have been revealed and competition is stiff. Local author Margaret Atwood lends her famous name to the announcement as her 55th book joins four other works reflective of the spirit of Toronto. The 41st award will be presented at the Toronto Reference Library by Gill Deacon from CBC Radio on October 15th. Finalists will receive $1000 and the chosen author (or authors) $15,000 – in the past, the award has been split between multiple winners.

In contention this year:

  • André Alexis for Fifteen Dogs, a fictional allegory that starts with two gods in a Toronto tavern deciding to give a group of dogs human intelligence.
  • Margaret Atwood for Stone Mattress, a collection of short stories evoking the mysticism of fairy tales.
  • Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer for All the Broken Things, a novel about a young Vietnamese boy arriving in Toronto.
  • Bruce McDougall for The Last Hockey Game, a non-fiction drama of the Toronto Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup before the NHL expansion.
  • Emily St. John Mandel for Station Eleven, a post-apocalyptic novel about a theatre group travelling across Canada from Toronto after disease destroys most of the population.

Leading up to the awards, three of the 5 finalists will read at the national Canadian book and magazine festival the Word on the Street. The Toronto leg of the festival will be held September 27th at the Harbourfront Centre, with other events in Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, and Halifax. Authors will also present at the North York Central Library on October 8th, with Lynn Crosbie reading for Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel’s editor, Jennifer Lambert, reading for that author at both events.

The Toronto Public Library is the world’s largest urban library system, with 100 branches as of this year. Tickets to the Toronto Book Awards are free but must be reserved through the City of Toronto.

Original article on examiner.com.

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