On Wednesday night Trinidadian Canadian writer David Chariandy’s award winning novel, Brother won this year’s Toronto Book Awards.
David Chariandy’s book is a devastating story about the love between a mother and her sons, the impact of race, masculinity and the senseless loss of young lives in Scarborough, in the violent summer of 1991.
Brother was one of five books on the City of Toronto and Toronto Library‘s 2018 Toronto Book Awards shortlist. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto.
The 2018 shortlist
· Dionne Brand “The Unpublished City“,
· David Chariandy “Brother“,
· Carrianne Leung “That Time I Loved You“,
· Lee Maracle “My Conversations with Canadians“,
· Kerri Sakamoto “Floating City“.
The winner of the 2018 Toronto Book Awards was announced last night at the Toronto Reference Library. This is the 44th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist received $1,000, with $10,000 going to the winner.
On the jury for this year’s Toronto Book Awards Committee are author Nathan Adler, Now Magazine’s Susan G. Cole, author Kevin Hardcastle, poet Soraya Peerbaye and author and owner of Another Book List. Itah Sadu.