City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library announce 2022 Toronto Book Awards shortlist

2022 Toronto Book Awards

The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library (TPL) have named the five books shortlisted for the 2022 Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are inspired by Toronto.

This year, the Toronto Book Awards received 73 submissions that reflected the creativity and diversity of the city’s literary community.

The titles selected for the 2022 shortlist are:
* The Relatives by Camilla Gibb (Double Day Canada)
* Two Indians by Falen Johnson (J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing)
* Wrong Side of the Court by HN Khan (PRH Canada Young Readers)
* Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley (Penguin Random House)
* The Underground Railroad, Next Stop, Toronto! by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, Karolyn Smardz Frost (Dundurn Press)

TPL has created a reading list of the 2022 Toronto Book Awards shortlisted titles available on the TPL website: Shortlisted authors will be featured at a Word on the Street event September 25 at Evergreen Brick Works. More information is available on the Evergreen Brick Works website:

The winner will be named in a ceremony on Wednesday, November 16 at the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library. Members of the public are invited to attend, and can reserve free tickets at:

This is the 48th year of the Toronto Book Awards. The annual awards offer $15,000 in total prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000, with $10,000 awarded to the winner. The 2022 Toronto Book Awards jury comprises writers, educators and other dedicated members of Toronto’s literary community.

More information about the awards is available on the City’s Toronto Book Awards webpage ( and on Twitter by following @Culture_TO and #tobookawards.


“We’re thrilled to congratulate all the talented nominated authors for their literary works. This year’s Toronto Books Awards shortlist honours local authors whose stories showcase Toronto’s diverse experiences, cultures and voices and I encourage everyone to read these essential titles.”
– Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library

SOURCE City of Toronto

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