The 2011 Toronto Book Awards is being covered by our guest blogger Christine Sweeton. To read more about her, click here.
As we all return from our nice long weekend, change is in the air. It is the start of autumn. The start of a long stretch of work before the next long weekend at Thanksgiving. The start of school for some. The start of university and collage for others. The start of an intense month of finalizing and planning for our friends at The Word On The Street as they prepare for Sunday, September 25.
And, it is the start of this year’s Toronto Book Awards!
The shortlist of the 2011 Toronto Book Awards was announced today and the finalists are as talented as their work is varied. From Canadian social history to touching drama to hilarious comedies, each book features Toronto and guarantees a thrilling read. I can’t wait to read and review them!
Toronto Book Awards 2011 Shortlist:
- The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Knopf Canada), by Rabindranath Maharaj
- Étienne’s Alphabet (Cormorant Books), by James King
- Fauna (Random House of Canada Ltd.), by Alissa York
- The Parabolist (Anchor Canada) by Nicholas Ruddock
- What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son’s Quest to Redeem the Past (Random House of Canada Ltd.), by James Fitzgerald
Let’s get reading! Today also marks the public release of The Word On The Street’s programming schedule for the Toronto Book Awards Tent. And, seeing the list above, this tent promises to be a non-stop showing of some of Canada’s greatest contemporary writers.
Stay tuned for my reviews of the Toronto Book Awards 2011 Shortlist which will be posted in these last few weeks leading up to The Word On The Street, Toronto’s Book and Magazine Festival.