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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

2005 Toronto Book Awards

via City of Toronto website:
The five-member Toronto Book Awards Committee today announced the nominees for the 2005 prize. From the 73 submissions, the committee has selected a diverse list, which includes two novels, a collection of short stories, a memoir and a biography - all set in the city of Toronto. The five finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
- Constance Backhouse and Nancy L. Backhouse for their biography The Heiress vs. The Establishment: Mrs. Campbell's Campaign for Legal Justice (UBC Press)
- David Bezmozgis for his story collection Natasha and Other Stories (HarperCollins Publishers)
- Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall for his memoir Down to This: Squalor and Splendour in a Big-city Shantytown (Random House Canada)
- Don Coles for his novel Doctor Bloom's Story (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
- Russell Smith for his novel Muriella Pent (Doubleday Canada)

My pick? Well, I only have three of the books....hmm, tough one. But I'd give it the old guy, Don Coles. This is certainly one creatively written novel and I like the style in which he wrote it. I do like Bezmozgis' and Smith's books, too. Besides, Bezmozgis just accepted the top fiction prize at the Canadian Jewish Book Awards. In any event, all are winners in the end.

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September 2005 Update:
This year's Toronto Book Award winner is Natasha and Other Stories by David Bezmozgis (HarperCollins Canada).

1 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

I am rooting for Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall. His book "Down To This" is worth reading and could use the PR. I think Tent City in Toronto has since been cleared away.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005 9:22:00 PM  

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