News Release
July 7, 2022

Just in time for summer reading, the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library (TPL) have named the 13 books longlisted for the 2022 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 73 submissions that reflected the creativity and diversity of the city’s literary community.

The titles selected for the 2022 longlist are:

  • Home of the Floating Lily by Silmy Abdullah (Dundurn Press)
  • Outdoor School by Morrell Borsato (Douglas & McIntyre)
  • Work for a Million by Amanda Deibert and Serena Goulding (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • The Relatives by Camilla Gibb (Doubleday Canada)
  • Two Indians by Falen Johnson (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)
  • Wrong Side of the Court by HN Khan (PRH Canada Young Readers)
  • My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, Ashley Barron (Kids Can Press)
  • Massey Hall by David McPherson (Dundurn Press)
  • Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • My Face in the Light by Martha Schabas (Knopf Canada)
  • The Underground Railroad, Next Stop by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, Karolyn Smardz Frost (Dundurn Press)
  • Fight Night by Miriam Toews (Knopf Canada)
  • We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies by Tsering Yangozom Lama (McClelland & Stewart)

TPL has created a reading list of the 2022Toronto Book Awards longlisted titles available on the TPL website.

The shortlist for the 2022 Toronto Book Awards will be announced later this summer and a winner will be named in a prize ceremony this November

This is the 48th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in total prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000, with $10,000 awarded to the winner. The 2022 Toronto Book Awards Jury comprises writers, educators and other dedicated members of Toronto’s literary community.

More information about the awards is available on the City’s Toronto Book Awards webpage and on Twitter at @Culture_TO and #tobookawards.


“My sincerest congratulations to the 2022 Toronto Book Awards longlisted authors and publishers for your exceptional books. Summer is the perfect time to check some items off your reading list. I encourage people to buy one or all of these titles from your local bookseller and enjoy reading these Toronto stories.”

– Mayor John Tory

“Once again, we’re so thrilled to celebrate and recognize Toronto’s talented authors through the annual Toronto Book Awards. From fiction and short stories, to memoirs and graphic novels, the 2022 longlist is a wonderful showcase of the wide range of inspiring stories written and told by our local authors, and I hope that Torontonians will add these titles to their summer reading lists.”

– Vickery Bowles, City Librarian at Toronto Public Library

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