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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.

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


Blogger Amanda Earl 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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