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Toronto Book Awards: Finalists 2013

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This is the 39th year of the Toronto Book Awards program: here is the shortlist.
Intolerable

Intolerable

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback

In the 1960s, Kamal Al-Solaylee’s father was one of the wealthiest property owners in Aden, in the south of Yemen, but when the country shrugged off its colonial roots, his properties were confiscated, and the family was forced to leave. The family moved first to Beirut, which suddenly became one of the most dangerous places in the world, then Cairo. After a few peaceful years, even the safe haven of Cairo struggled under a new wave of Islamic extremism that culminated with the assassination o …

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Full Frontal T.O.

Full Frontal T.O.

Exploring Toronto's Architectural Vernacular
text by Shawn Micallef
by (photographer) Patrick Cummins
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : regional

Winner of the 2013 Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence
Shortlisted for the 2013 Toronto Book Award

The Toronto streetscape: how it looks, lives and changes over time, documented in over 400 photographs. For over thirty years, Patrick Cummins has been wandering the streets of Toronto, taking mugshots of its houses, variety stores, garages and ever-changing storefronts. Straightforward shots chronicle the same buildings over the years, or travel the length of a block, facade by facade. Other secti …

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Viewing Tom Thomson

Viewing Tom Thomson

A Minority Report
edition:Paperback
tagged : canadian

What is the place of an early 20th century landscape Canadian painter in the increasingly urban, multicultural world of 21st century Canada? Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report explores the possibilities in poems sometimes personal, sometimes public, in which this former iconoclast, now famous icon, emerges as a source of inspiration, intrigue, admiration, and ire.

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Giant

Giant

edition:Paperback
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How do you fit in in a new country when you’re a “giant freak,” you don’t speak the language and bizarre things are happening to your motherland as well as to your body? In a candid and peculiar voice reminiscent of Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals, Aga Maksimowska tells the story of an eleven-year-old girl in an adult’s body whose coming of age in a country undergoing a revolution is interrupted by a sudden and cruel move to Canada. Readers will find the story of t …

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Everybody Has Everything

Everybody Has Everything

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
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A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Giller Prize, Katrina Onstad's second novel is an emotionally riveting exploration of what happens in the marriage of an urban professional couple when they suddenly and unexpectedly become the parents of a toddler. 

"Tenderly observed and elegantly drawn," (Vincent Lam) the vivid, utterly believable characters in this perceptive and poignant novel experience the challenges and joys of modern love in all its many permutations.

After a …

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