Toronto Book Awards finalists announced|
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The Toronto Book Awards Committee announced today five finalists for the 2001
Toronto Book Awards. The shortlist is:
Margaret Atwood for her novel The Blind Assassin, published by McClelland &
Catherine Bush for her second novel The Rules of Engagement, published by
Harper Collins Canada.
Jean Cochrane with photos by Vincenzo Pietropaolo for Kensington, published by
The Boston Mills Press.
A.B. McKillop for his historical non-fiction The Spinster & The Prophet,
published by Macfarlane Walter & Ross.
Tessa McWatt for her second novel Dragons Cry, published by The Riverbank Press.
The Toronto Book Awards honours authors of books that are evocative of Toronto.
This prestigious award offers $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist receives
$1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money.
The winner will be announced at the Word On The Street festival on September
30. The award will be presented as part of the opening ceremonies beginning at
11:30 a.m. from Citytv MainStage, followed by readings at the City of Toronto
Book Awards tent.
The Toronto Book Awards Committee selected the shortlist of finalists after
reviewing 86 books submitted by publishers and authors. The committee members
are Fern Gaspar, John Farrell, Sheila Hyland, Fred Reynolds and Nancy
Choosing finalists was a difficult but rewarding task according to committee
co-chairs Farrell and Vanderzwan: "Bringing 86 meritable books down to a list
of five became an unfathomable but unforgettable experience for each jury
member. What remains are five elegant and beautiful books that spoke to our
hearts, souls and eyes. These are books filled with mystery and intrigue; books
about love and loss; books about hope and possibility; books about real people
and real lives."