Just in time for summer reading, the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library (TPL) have named the 10 books longlisted for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are inspired by Toronto.
This year, the Toronto Book Awards received a record-breaking 93 submissions, a 50 per cent increase over previous years.
The titles selected for the 2021 long list are:
TPL has created a reading list of the 2021 Toronto Book Awards longlisted titles.
The short list for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards will be announced later this summer and a winner will be named in a ceremony this fall.
This is the 47th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000, with $10,000 awarded to the winner. The 2021 Toronto Book Awards Jury comprises volunteer members Geoffrey E. Taylor, Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith, Andy Stanleigh, Angela Wright and Sanchari Sur.
“My sincerest congratulations to the 2021 Toronto Book Awards longlisted authors and publishers for your exceptional books. I encourage people to buy one or all of these titles from your local bookseller and enjoy reading these Toronto stories.”
– Mayor John Tory
“The Toronto Book Awards highlight the incredible literary talent in our city, and we congratulate all the outstanding nominated authors and editors. We know that many people are turning to books during these trying times. The inspiring titles on this list showcase diverse stories and voices that represent Toronto, and are all excellent choices.”
– Toronto Public Library City Librarian Vickery Bowles
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