The Toronto Book Awards have announced the 12 titles which have made the 2019 longlist. The shortlisted authors, who will be announced on Aug. 15, will each receive $1,000. The winner will receive $10,000, to be announced Oct. 2 at a free event at the Toronto Reference Library.
The Toronto Book Awards committee consists of journalist Sarah Hagi, poet Canisia Lubrin, journalist and podcast producer Vicky Mochama, writer and editor Damian Tarnopolsky, and editor Daniel Viola.
• Ayesha at Last, Uzma Jalaluddin (Harper Avenue)
• Be With: Letters to a Caregiver, Mike Barnes (Biblioasis)
• Building Resistance: Children, Tuberculosis, and the Toronto Sanatorium, Stacie Burke (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
• Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, Ann Hui (Douglas & McIntyre)
• Immigrant City, David Bezmozgis (Harper Collins)
• Late Breaking, KD Miller (Biblioasis)
• Reproduction, Ian Williams (Random House Canada)
• The Student, Cary Fagan (Freehand Books)
• The Ward Uncovered: The Archaeology of Everyday Life, edited by John Lorinc, Holly Martelle, Michael McClelland, and Tatum Taylor Chaubal (Coach House Books)
• Theory, Dionne Brand (Knopf Canada)
• They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada, Cecil Foster (Biblioasis)
• This Country of Mine, Didier Leclair (Deux Voiliers Publishing)