Toronto Book Awards: Remembering 2010

The 2011 Toronto Book Awards is being covered by our guest blogger Christine Sweeton. To read more about her, click here. After the shortlist is announced on Sept. 6, she will post reviews about all of the shortlisted novels. All of the shortlisted authors will appear in the Toronto Book Awards Tent at The Word On The Street!

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As we await the announcement of the 2011 Toronto Book Awards shortlist, I’m curious — did you read last year’s shortlisted authors?

Last year, Mayor David Miller, at a public reception held at The Toronto Reference Library on October 14, 2010, annoucned Mark Sinnett as the recipient of the 2010 Toronto Book Award for his novel The Carnivore published by ECW Press. The Word On The Street staff attended the event! Click here to read all about it — it was quite the fun night.

 2010 Finalists:

The Prince of Neither Here Nor There, Seán Cullen
Puffin Canada

Valentine’s Fall, Cary Fagan
Cormorant Books Inc

Where We Have to Go, Lauren Kirshner
McClelland & Stewart

Diary of Interrupted Days, Dragan Todorovic
Random House of Canada

2010 Winner:

The Carnivore, Mark Sinnett
ECW Press

This novel is set in 2004, 50 years after Hurricane Hazel ripped through Toronto with 110km winds, bursting the Humber River banks leaving 81 dead and many more injured. The main charact, Ray Townes, was a policeman at the time and became a celebrated town hero for rescuing pets, a woman and stranded families. Fifty years, dying from Emphysema, he is trying to relive his glory, while his wife views that night and his ‘heroism’ far differently. Individually, both characters tell their story, piecing together their empty marriage, a lifetime of lies and the fragility of human relationships, all coming back to that one night. It’s a historical novel that explores both this horrific event and two individuals still trying to escape it.

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