Saturday, November 2, 2019 - 2:00 PM
Reception, Special Event: 40th Festival Edition | Festivals | Free Events

Ceremony: Queens Quay Terminal

Reception: Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Cost: Free (registration recommended)



Don’t miss this special chance to celebrate the Toronto Book Awards in several parts. First, witness the unveiling of the commemorative stones for 2018 Toronto Book Award winner David Chariandy (Brother), and 2019 Toronto Book Award winner Dionne Brand (Theory), in the Toronto Book Garden. Then, join us for a celebratory reception with special guests. Licensed.

2:00pm – Toronto Book Garden ceremony, in front of the Queens Quay Terminal building (207 Queens Quay West)
3:00pm – Celebratory reception in the Brigantine Room, Harbourfont Centre (235 Queens Quay West)

Guest authors include past Toronto Book Award winners:

  • Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • David Bezmozgis
  • Dionne Brand
  • Glen Downie
  • Cary Fagan
  • Joe Fiorito
  • Katherine Govier
  • Rabindranath Maharaj
  • Anne Michaels
  • Ceta Ramkhalawansingh obo Labour History Collective
  • Cordelia Strube
  • Rosemary Sullivan
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe

This is a free event. Register at the link below.


  • Dionne Brand

    Dionne Brand

    Dionne Brand is the winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Toronto Book Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. Brand was Toronto's Poet Laureate from 2009 to 2012. In 2017, she was inducted into the Order of Canada. This year, she releases both a new novel, Theory, and a genre-bending poetry collection, The Blue Clerk.

  • David Chariandy

    David Chariandy grew up in Toronto and lives and teaches in Vancouver. His debut novel, Soucouyant, received stunning reviews and nominations from eleven literary awards juries, including a Governor General's Literary Award shortlisting, a Gold Independent Publisher Award for Best Novel and the Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. Brother is his second novel.

  • Nana aba Duncan

    Nana aba Duncan is the host of Fresh Air on CBC Radio One, 99.1 FM, the number one weekend morning program in Ontario. She has recently guest hosted CBC Radio's q, As it Happens, Here and Now, and Metro Morning. Nana aba is also the creator of Media Girlfriends, a behind-the-scenes podcast about diverse women who work in media. Nana aba was born in Accra, Ghana, raised in Newmarket, Ontario and has lived in Toronto since getting her masters in journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She worked as country director with Journalists For Human Rights in Ghana before moving on to CBC.