Toronto Book Award


Cary Fagan’s The Student longlisted for the Toronto Book Award

The Student by Cary Fagan has been longlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, which honours authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000.

The 2019 Toronto Book Awards will be handed out in October at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. Toronto Book Awards produces a full day of programming at Word on the Street (Harbourfront Centre) in September, in addition to a special Toronto Public Library reading, yet to be announced.

The Student is a novella that offers two snapshots of Toronto in the 1950s and the 2000s—time periods that were pivotal in steering the city’s cultural development. During these times, Toronto was developing in leaps and bounds—but many faced obstacles. The fights to overcome them—the women who broke their way into the higher levels of academia, the activists who pushed for the legalization of same-sex marriage—have had a huge influence on the city. The Student is a love letter to the people—like Fagan’s protagonist Miriam Moscowitz—who, in trying to overcome the constraints of their times, shaped Toronto.

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