Dionne Brand, David Bezmozgis longlisted for $10K Toronto Book Awards

A dozen books have been longlisted for the 2019 Toronto Book Awards, which celebrates books that are evocative of Toronto.
Dionne Brand and David Bezmozgis are among the writers longlisted for the 2019 Toronto Book Awards. (Jason Chow,

Theory by Dionne Brand and Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis are among the 12 books longlisted for the 2019 Toronto Book Awards, an annual $10,000 prize that goes to the book that best evokes the city of Toronto.

Poet and author Brand recently won the 2019 Trillium Book Award for her poetry collection The Blue ClerkBrand's novel Theory follows an unnamed narrator through three passionate love affairs, each with a profound influence on the narrator's ongoing thesis on the future of art, culture, race, gender, class and politics.

Bezmozgis is a Latvian-born, Toronto-raised author, filmmaker and two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist for his books, Natasha and Other Stories and The Betrayers.  Bezmozgis's short story collection Immigrant City interlopes on the dynamic lives of migrants, including a wannabe boxer-turned-doorman, a father and daughter who find themselves in a surreal version of his childhood and grandfather whose wartime secrets are enclosed in old Yiddish letters.

Poet and author Ian Williams is nominated for his debut novel Reproduction. A love story revolving around race, class and identity and set in the Greater Toronto Area, the novel follows the connected lives of Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family.

Here is the full longlist:

The shortlist for the Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Aug. 15, 2019, followed by the winner announcement on Oct. 2, 2019.

The jury is comprised of Sarah Hagi, Canisia Lubrin, Vicky Mochama, Damian Tarnopolsky and Daniel VIola.


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