Multiple award-winning author Dionne Brand has won the Toronto Book Award for her novel Theory, published by Knopf Canada. This is the 45th year of the Toronto Book Awards which honour books that are evocative of Toronto.
Brand is among Canada’s most celebrated writers having been named to the Order of Canada , winning the 1997 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry and the 2006 Toronto Book Award among others.
‘Dionne Brand dazzles’
Commenting on the novel Theory, the jury said: “In this novel of ideas, Dionne Brand dazzles with smart, jazz-like storytelling and the utterly engrossing voice of its narrator. Theory delivers a potent dose of meticulous attention to both humour and the seriousness of its subject, so that Toronto comes to each page anew.”
Other finalists were:
Be With: Letters to a Caregiver by Mike Barnes
Reproduction by Ian Williams
The Student by Cary Fagan
This Country of Mine by Didier Leclair
The winner will receive $10,000 and the finalists will get $1,000 each.