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City of Toronto announces Finalists for the Toronto Book Award

The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have released the shortlist for the 2016 Toronto Book Award, which honours books of literary merit that are evocative of the city. Books of all genres are considered, and 2016 marks the 42nd presentation of the award.

2016 Toronto Book Award Finalists:

  • Howard Akler for his memoir Men of Action (Coach House Books)
  • The Lucky Seven Interview, with Mike Barnes

    The Adjustment League (Biblioasis) is the first instalment in a new noir trilogy by Mike Barnes. This first book sees the patients of a psychiatric hospital coming together to form the titular league, in an attempt to protect themselves from corrupt medical staff. When a mysterious message from the past arrives (from a patient who lived in a locked ward 20 years prior), the nameless protagonist goes on a mission of justice for the powerless. Known only as "The Super", he is determined to fight not only for the patients, but for the mistreated beyond the hospital walls, seeking to atone for his own dark past.

    Featured Video: Book Trailer for Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

    "This morning, a body was found in the Yukon River in West Dawson."

    So opens Strange Things Done by Elle Wild. In the opening pages, narrator Jo Silver, a journalist who has recently arrived in the north, fears for her life for reasons unknown to the reader. The immediate intensity, mystery, and intrigue of the novel continues throughout a page-turning narrative.

    As the roads snow over, encasing the town, Jo's investigation into an alleged double suicide takes a dark turn. As the case begins to look like murder, Jo doesn't suspect that she is about to end up as the prime suspect.

    On Writing, with Danila Botha

    August 25, 2016

    The Entitled Interview with Eric Beck Rubin

    Eric Beck Rubin's School of Velocity (Doubleday Canada) marks the arrival of a talented new voice in CanLit.

    The novel follows Jan de Vries, whose virtuoso talent at the piano promised him a stunning career. His soaring progress is cut short however, when he begins to experience auditory hallucinations. The hallucinations do more than rob him of his musical destiny, however; they unlock a flood of memories around his childhood best friend, Dirk.

    As the pressure of the hallucinations drive Jan to action, a stunning story of friendship, obsession, and lifelong love is slowly revealed through Rubin's arresting prose.

    The Lucky Seven Interview, with Amanda West Lewis

    In The Pact (Red Deer Press), Amanda West Lewis tackles difficult historical subject matter in the context of a compelling story about a young boy.

    Peter Gruber is a War Child — a German child pulled into the horrifying events of the Second World War. As Peter struggles against the indoctrination and propaganda of Nazi Germany, The Pact delves into the complex and troubling history of children on both sides of the most deadly war in modern history.

    Call for Submissions! Tiny Tales Short Story Competition, Sponsored by Hendrink's Gin, Accepting Entries Until Sept 5

    Do you have three great sentences? If so, don't miss your chance to enter the Tiny Tales Short Story Competition, sponsored by Hendrick's Gin.

    On Writing, with Hugh Segal

    The question of exactly what role Canadian foreign policy should serve is a complex one. Should our focus be protecting our borders and citizens? Maintaining our international identity as a nation of peacekeepers? Maintaining positive relationships with our international allies? Hugh Segal asks these tough questions and more in Two Freedoms: Canada’s Global Future (Dundurn Press). The two titular freedoms are freedom from want and freedom from fear, and how we as a nation pursue those two freedoms makes up the bulk of this fascinating book by the former chair of both the Senate Foreign Affairs and Special Anti-Terrorism committees.

    Featured Video: Ian McEwan on Writing an Narrator Who Hasn't Been Born Yet

    British author Ian McEwan is know for his compelling narrators. In his new novel, Nutshell (Knopf Canada), he pushes himself further than ever before, creating a narrator who is an eight-month-old fetus.

    In this video interview, courtesy of Random House Canada, McEwan describes the experience of writing a narrator with a "rather restricted viewpoint", who listens to podcasts with his mother and worries about the state of the world. McEwan also shares the Shakespearean quotation that inspired Nutshell. Don't miss this fascinating discussion with an icon of English literature.

    Writer In Residence

    August 1, 2016-September 1, 2016

    Stuart Ross »

    Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, and writing teacher living in Cobourg, Ontario. The acclaimed author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays, Stuart got his start selling his chapbooks on Toronto’s Yonge Street during the 1980s. His recent books include Our Days in Vaudeville (Mansfield Press, 2014), A Hamburger in a Gallery (DC Books, 2015), (Anvil Press), and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak and Wynn, 2016). He is the co-translator or Marie-Ève Comtois’s My Planet of Kites (Mansfield Press, 2015). You Exist. Details Follow. (Anvil Press, 2012) won the sole award given to an anglophone writer by the Montreal-based l’Académie de la vie litteraire au tournant du 21e siècle; Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009) won the 2010 ReLit Prize for Short Fiction; and the novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew was co-winner of the 2012 Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Fiction on a Jewish Theme. Stuart has taught writing workshops across the country, and was the 2010 Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University. Since 2007, he has had his own imprint at Toronto’s Mansfield Press. Stuart is currently working on several poetry and fiction projects, as well as a memoir.

    You can write to Stuart throughout the month of August at

    JF Robitaille: Minor Dedications


    Random reads

    Red Rover

    Red Rover

    (Insomniac Press, 2010)
    Red Rover is the first of Liz Bugg’s Calli Barnow mystery series (she plans to write one for each colour of the rainbow). Fast paced, and full of Kensington and Church Street (Toronto) references, I was hooked all the way to it’s unexpected ending.

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