Congratulations to Cary Fagan, whose novel THE STUDENT (Freehand Books) has been longlisted for the 2019 Toronto Book Awards! The Toronto Book Awards celebrate fiction and nonfiction that are somehow evocative of Toronto. THE STUDENT is a compassionate and compelling work of fiction that brings together two pivotal times in history. With its innovative structure, masterful prose, and intelligently crafted characters, this book illustrates how we are shaped by – and can eventually overcome – the constraints of the times we occupy.

The Toronto Book Awards partner with Diaspora Dialogues to provide a full day of finalist readings and discussions at Word on the Street at Harbourfront Centre on September 22. An additional finalist reading will be featured as part of the City’s Cultural Hotspot at Albion Library on September 25, and the award winner will be announced at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on October 2.

Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and three story collections for adults, as well as many award-winning books for children. His books include A Bird’s Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Best Book of the Year) and the story collection My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Best 100 Books of 2013). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.

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