Every Tuesday afternoon, Torontoist rounds up the city’s literary news, including book deals, events, local sales, author happenings, and insider information from the book industry.
It would be an understatement to say that Toronto author Gil Adamson has had a pretty good year. Last Friday Adamson’s first novel, The Outlander, was announced as the winner of The Relit Award, a prize that recognizes books by Canadian authors published by independent Canadian presses. Outlander has been picking up awards all over the place—so far the book had been nominated for The Commonwealth Book Prize, The Trillium Book Prize, and The Books in Canada First Novel Award, and it’s won the Hammett Prize for Crime Writing, and the Drummer General’s Award. Adamson has quickly become a big name both locally and around the world, so her visit to the IV Lounge Reading Series this Friday is a rare chance to catch her up close and personal at one of Toronto’s most intimate reading series. She’ll be making an appearance alongside poet Dayle Furlong, who has just released her first collection Open Slowly, and Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes, author of the collection Travelling Light. The free event kicks off at 8 p.m. at 326 Dundas Street West, and poet Alex Boyd hosts.
Speaking of awards, the Man Booker longlist was announced today. The list of thirteen books was chosen from over one hundred entries, and sadly there’s not a Canadian to be seen. Last year Toronto author (and Torontoist hero) Michael Redhill made the list with his second novel, Consolation. The Booker shortlist will be announced on September 9, and the winner will be announced on October 14 at an awards ceremony at Guildhall, London.
On Thursday Toronto Women’s Bookstore hosts Diaspora Dialogues as they present readings from the latest edition of their annual anthology, TOK: Writing the New Toronto. Stop by the store at 7 p.m. to hear readings by poets Molly Peacock (The Second Blush), B.E. Hunt (president of The Writers’ Circle of Durham Region), and Monica Rosas (Inside Out), plus fiction writer Clara Ho. Afterward, stick around for an informal reception with food and drinks.
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