2021 Toronto Book Awards jury members include Geoffrey E.Taylor, Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith, Andy Stanleigh, Angela Wright and Sanchari Sur.
Geoffrey E. Taylor, a key player in the book world for more than 35 years, was the Director and CEO of the Toronto International Festival of Authors and co-founded the Word Alliance, a group of eight major international literary festivals. Taylor is the inaugural recipient of the Order of the Forest, presented by a consortium of environmental activist groups, for his contribution towards building an ancient-forest-friendly book-publishing community. He holds an Honorary Degree from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the Republic of France conferred on him the distinguished honour of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Arts Letters).
Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith is a Saulteaux woman from Peguis First Nation. She is an editor, writer and journalist who graduated from the University of Toronto with a specialization in Aboriginal Studies in June 2011 and went on to receive her Master’s in Education in Social Justice in June 2017. Her first non-fiction story “Choosing the Path to Healing” appeared in the 2006 anthology “Growing Up Girl: An Anthology of Voices from Marginalized Spaces”. She has written for the Native Canadian, “Anishinabek News”, “Windspeaker”, “FNH Magazine”, “New Tribe Magazine”, “Muskrat Magazine” and the “Piker Press”. She has also co-edited the anthology “Bawaajigan” with fellow Indigenous writer Nathan Adler.
Andy Stanleigh – an author, artist, editor, publisher and producer – is the founder and president of the award-winning Toronto-based publishing company Alternate History Comics (AH Comics). AH Comics’ library of original graphic novels and collections has involved almost 200 authors and artists globally. Their titles include “Titan: An Alternate History” – named “The Best in New Graphic Novels” by the National Post, the award-winning SCI: “Jewish Comics Anthology” and more. “The Hobson’s Gate” series that Andy wrote and illustrated, has been nominated for an Association of Arts and Social Change Canadian Publishing and People’s Choice Awards.
Angela Wright is a writer and communications professional who started her artistic practice in Toronto. Her literary work has appeared in “Catapult”, “The Fiddlehead”, “The New Quarterly”, “carte blanche”, and in the award-winning anthology, “Black Writers Matter”. She is currently working on her first book about society’s responses to individual and collective trauma with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Angela has previously served on a jury for Ontario Arts Council literature grants.
Sanchari Sur is a PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University. Their writing can be found in “Joyland”, “Al Jazeera”, Toronto Book Award shortlisted “The Unpublished City” (Book*hug, 2017), “Room”, “Prism International”, “EVENT”, “Quill and Quire”, and elsewhere. They are a recipient of a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellowship in fiction, a 2019 Banff residency (with “Electric Literature”), and an “Arc Poetry Magazine” 2020 Critics’ Desk Award for a Feature Review, and the co-editor of “Watch Your Head: Writers and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis” (Coach House Books, 2020).