The 2020 Toronto Book Awards is underway with the jury reading furiously in advance of its shortlist announcement on November 2. A winner will be announced on November 30 with an online ceremony in conjunction with program partner – Toronto Public Library.

2020 Toronto Books Awards longlisted authors and publishers are:

  • Frying Plantain, Zalika Reid-Benta (House of Anansi Press)
  • The Skin We’re In, Desmond Cole (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • The Missing Millionaire, Katie Daubs (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • The Subtweet, Vivek Shraya (ECW Press)
  • We Have Always Been Here, Samra Habib (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • In the Beggarly Style of Imitation, Jean Marc Ah-Sen (Nightwoood Editions)
  • Artistic Glass, Cloe Joel Aigner (ECW Press)
  • Dancing After Ten, Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber (FantaGraphics)
  • Shame on Me, Tessa McWatt (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Last Impressions, Joseph Kertes (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Take Back the Tray, Joshna Maharaj (ECW Press)
  • Mobile, Tanis MacDonald (Book*hug Press)

Five finalists will be announced November 2. A winner will be named at a virtual ceremony at Toronto Public Library on November 30.

Kate Cayley is a writer from Toronto. Her collection of short fiction, How You Were Born, won the Trillium Book Award, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, and was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She has published two collections of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, and Other Houses, and a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror. She was a playwright-in-residence at Tarragon Theatre from 2009-2017, and wrote two plays for Tarragon, After Akhmatova and The Bakelite Masterpiece, which went on to multiple American productions.
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Kate Cayley

Michael Fraser is an award-winning poet and writer. He is the author of the 2016 collection, To Greet Yourself Arriving (Tightrope Books). He has been published in numerous national and international anthologies and journals including: Paris Atlantic, Arc, CV2, and The Caribbean Writer. He is the recipient of various awards and grants, and is included in the Best Canadian Poetry in English 2013 and 2018.
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Michael Fraser

Liz Howard’s debut collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for poetry, and was named a Globe and Mail top 100 book. Her recent work has appeared in Canadian Art, The Fiddlehead, Poetry Magazine and Best Canadian Poetry. She served as the 2018-2019 Distinguished Canadian Writer in Residence at the University of Calgary and is now an adjunct professor in the English and Creative Writing department at the University of Toronto. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.
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Liz Howard


Naben Ruthnum (Nathan Ripley) published the nonfiction book Curry: Reading, Eating and Race with Coach House in 2017. As Nathan Ripley, he is the author of Find You in the Dark (2018), and Your Life Is Mine (2019). His short fiction has won the Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award.
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Naben Ruthnum

Ben McNally has been a bookseller in Toronto since the 1970s, most recently at the store on Bay Street that bears his name.
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Ben McNally