Sarah Polley wins $10K Toronto Book Award for 'brave, intelligent' memoir Run Towards Danger
The Toronto Book Awards honour books that are inspired by the city
Sarah Polley won the 2022 Toronto Book Awards for her memoir, Run Towards the Danger.
Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour books that are inspired by the city.
Polley will be awarded $10,000 for her win.
Run Towards the Danger, Polley's first book, is an essay collection about learning, changing and what it's like to live in one's body. The memoir reflects on memorable moments in Polley's life and the fallibility of memory.
Polley is a Toronto-born actor, screenwriter and director. Her first feature-length film, Away from Her, was adapted from the Alice Munro story The Bear Came Over the Mountain and was nominated for the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay.
Her other films include Stories We Tell and Take This Waltz.
In a recent Writers & Company episode, the Canadian director and actor told Eleanor Wachtel that writing a book is "the thing [she] most wanted to do."
The jury described Polley's book as, "a brave, intelligent and sometimes funny book of essays."
The 43-year-old Polley told Matt Galloway on The Current that a brain injury in 2015 became a catalyst for her to address some past trauma. "These are the stories that haunted me," she said.
She shared them now because "I think I'm strong enough to handle this now."
Run Towards the Danger was chosen from 73 submissions, which was narrowed down to five finalists. Each of the remaining finalists will receive $1,000.
The other titles on the 2022 shortlist were Camilla Gibb for her novel The Relatives; Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper and Karolyn Smardz Frost for their nonfiction book The Underground Railroad; writer and CBC host Falen Johnson for Two Indians; and H.N. Khan for his YA novel Wrong Side of the Court.
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The 2022 jury was comprised of author Ann Y.K. Choi, former librarian Margaret Henry, poet Khashayar "Kess" Mohammadi, author Phillip Dwight Morgan and Indigenous educator Brenda Wastasecoot.