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The 2013 Toronto Book Awards Finalists Have Been Announced

Five works made the shortlist for the 39th edition of the annual Toronto Book Awards.

One of the weird things about life with Mayor Rob Ford is seeing quotes from him in press releases on topics that he wouldn’t ordinarily associate himself with.

Like, in today’s City press release announcing the finalists for the 2013 Toronto Book Awards, the mayor is quoted as saying, “These five exceptional books truly reflect the diversity and the unique cultural talents of our great city,” which it’s hard to imagine him actually having said out loud. But maybe our skepticism is misplaced. Maybe, during his frequent unexplained absences from City Hall, he sits under a tree and reads.

To be fair, we haven’t read the finalists ourselves, so we can’t say whether they really do reflect the diversity, and so on. But here are their names, so you can seek them out on your own.

  • Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, by Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • Full Frontal T.O., by Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef
  • Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report, by Kevin Irie
  • Giant, by Aga Maksimowska
  • Everybody has Everything, by Katrina Onstad

Each of these titles has already won $1,000, just for being shortlisted. The winning author will get an additional $10,000. According to the Toronto Book Awards’ submission guidelines, any book that is “evocative of Toronto” is eligible for nomination.

The shortlisted authors will give readings at the Word On the Street Festival, on September 22.

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