University of Guelph professor and author Dionne Brand has been shortlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards, established in 1974 to honour books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.
Brand, a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies, is shortlisted for the anthology she curated called The Unpublished City that features prose and poetry from emerging, unpublished Toronto writers — including several master of fine art students in the University of Guelph-Humber’s creative writing program.
Guelph-Humber students whose work is included in the anthology are Diana Biacora, David Bradford, Nicole Chin, Simone Dalton, Dalton Derkson, Adnan Khan, Shoilee Khan and Canisia Lubrin.
Brand is an award-winning author and poet whose writing is known for its beautiful language and for tackling themes of social justice and issues of gender and race. She is also Toronto’s former poet laureate.
Her previous awards include the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Trillium Prize for Literature, the Pat Lowther Award for Poetry, the Harbourfront Writers’ Prize and the Toronto Book Award.
Also shortlisted for the 2018 Toronto Book Awards are Lee Maracle, David Chariandy, Carrianne Leung and Kerri Sakamoto. The winner will receive $10,000 and each finalist will receive $1,000.
The finalists were announced today, and awards will be presented Oct. 10 at a ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bramand Bluma Appel Salon beginning at 7 pm. The ceremony is open to the public.