Michael Redhill, David Chariandy and Lee Maracle among authors longlisted for $10K Toronto Book Award

Eleven titles are longlisted for the prize, which 'honours books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto.'
(From left): Michael Redhill, David Chariandy and Lee Maracle are on the longlist for the Toronto Book Awards. (Amanda Withers/Joy van Tiedemann/CBC)

Eleven books have been longlisted for the Toronto Book Awards, an annual $10,000 prize that "honours books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto."

Michael Redhill is on the longlist for his novel Bellevue Squarewhich follows a book shop owner's obsession with her doppelganger in the Toronto neighbourhood Kensington Market. The book won the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

David Chariandy made the longlist for Brothera novel about two brothers of Trinidadian descent raised by their hardworking single mother in Scarborough, Ont. The book received the 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

Lee Maracle is nominated for her nonfiction book My Conversations with CanadiansThe book tackles questions about reconciliation, citizenship and prejudice, which the celebrated Indigenous writer has been asked throughout her career.

Other books on the 11-title longlist include:

The shortlist will be announced on Aug. 9, 2018 followed by the winner announcement on Oct. 10, 2018. This year's jury is comprised of Nathan Adler, Susan G. Cole, Kevin Hardcastle, Soraya Peerbaye and Itah Sadu.

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