The longlist for this year’s Toronto Book Awards has been announced, and features 10 books across genres that the jury selected from the record 93 books submitted for consideration.
The shortlist for the $10,000 prize will be announced in August.
The longlisted titles are:
- Missing From the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System That Failed Toronto’s Queer Community, by Justin Ling (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada)
- Saga Boy: My Life of Blackness and Becoming, by Antonio Michael Downing (Viking Canada/PRHC)
- Crosshairs, by Catherine Hernandez (Harper Collins Canada)
- Æther: An Out-of-Body Lyric, by Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn)
- Swimmers in Winter, by Faye Guenther (Invisible Publishing)
- On Property, by Rinaldo Walcott (Biblioasis)
- Speak, Silence, by Kim Echlin (Hamish Hamilton/PRHC)
- Hana Khan Carries On, by Uzma Jalaluddin (HarperCollins Canada)
- The Good Fight, by Ted Staunton and Josh Rosen, ill. (Scholastic Canada)
- Unravel, by Sharon Jennings (Red Deer Press)
The Toronto Book Awards were established in 1974, and honour books inspired by the city. This year’s jury was comprised of former TIFA director and CEO Geoffrey E. Taylor; editor and writer Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith; author, artist, editor, publisher, and producer Andy Stanleigh; writer Angela Wright; and writer Sanchari Sur.
Correction, June 29: This story has been updated from the original to correct the publisher of Catherine Hernandez’s Crosshairs.