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June 5, 2006
Toronto’s vibrancy and diversity showcased in 2006 Toronto Book Awards shortlist
The Toronto Book Awards Committee today announced the nominees for the 2006 prize.

“We believe that this year’s shortlist, which includes works from both established and emerging authors, is as vibrant and diverse as the city itself,” said Bill Krangle, Chair of the Committee. “All of the nominated books are superb literary achievements that beautifully evoke the spirit of Toronto - its past, present, and even its future.”

The 2006 Toronto Book Awards shortlist is:
- Howard Akler for his novel The City Man published by Coach House Books
- Dionne Brand for her novel What We All Long For published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
- Stephen Marche for his novel Raymond and Hannah published by Doubleday Canada
- Jason McBride and Alana Wilcox, editors, for an anthology of essays uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto published by Coach House Books
- M.G. Vassanji for his collection of stories When She Was Queen published by Doubleday Canada

“The five finalists were selected from over 75 entries that ranged across a variety of genres and styles, from the factual to the fictional and everything in between. We were delighted to receive so many excellent submissions, and congratulate all the authors and publishers who brought Toronto to life in their books,” said the judges.

Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The award offers $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money.

The 2006 Toronto Book Awards Committee is made up of volunteer members Thea Herman, Camilla Holland, Bill Krangle, Winona McMorrow and Herman Silochan.

The winner will be announced at a reception on September 6 and the finalists will read from their nominated books in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair on September 24 at Queen’s Park. For more information on the awards, the authors and their books, visit

Read the backgrounder.

Media contacts:
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer, City Clerk’s Office, 416-392-8191
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 416-536-0714



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