Celebration was in the air Saturday as Toronto Book Award recipients David Chariandy and Dionne Brand watched the unveiling of their engraved pavers at the Toronto Book Garden, joined by Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York), among others.
Featuring paving stones engraved with the names of each Toronto Book Award winner since the award's inception in 1974, the Toronto Book Garden (located in front of the Queen's Quay Terminal at 207 Queen's Quay West) honours the award-winning authors for their artistic and literary contributions to the city's cultural fabric. Chariandy won last year for his novel, Brother (Penguin Random House), and Brand was this year's recipient for her book, Theory (Knopf Canada).
The ceremony took place as part of the Toronto Book Awards' 45th anniversary celebrations, hosted by the Toronto International Festival of Authors.
More information about the Toronto Book Garden is available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/toronto-book-awards/toronto-book-garden/.
More information about the Festival of Authors is available at https://festivalofauthors.ca/events/a-city-of-books-45-years-of-the-toronto-book-awards