Best non-fiction writer
She's messing with the big boys now. The Shock Doctrine (Knopf Canada), Klein's latest release, is pissing off all the right people, tracking the way economist Milton Friedman has empowered private business to exploit the traumas experienced by countries all over the world.
Best fiction writer
Fiction writer and poet Redhill's superb 2007 novel, Consolation (Doubleday), was underappreciated in this city - except by NOW - until the 2007 Toronto Book Awards jury gave it its top prize. When the twin tales of a present-day suicide and a 19th-century photographer made this year's Booker long list, Redhill finally got the exposure he deserves. We also appreciate his passion for Toronto's heritage and his commitment to defending old buildings against marauding developers. A true Toronto literary hero.
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This new kid on the block is our choice because it's, well, a new kid - and doing so well that a new store opens soon in Forest Hill Village. Who would have thought that Samara Walbohm and Joanne Saul's independent bookstore biz could bloom and thrive in the big-box era? Credit Type for getting involved in cool events and for giving 15 per cent off selected titles from a featured small press every month.
Word On The Street
It looked tense for a while this year when the annual literary love-in had to share the weekend with the exploding Nuit Blanche all-night art event. But Word survived spectacularly, thanks to its excellent readings slate and some savvy sponsorship arrangements.
Best emerging author
We knew T.O. scenester and poet Whittall had a cool critical sensibility - she edited the excellent anthology Geeks, Misfits And Outlaws (McGilligan) and reviews books for NOW. But she blew us away with her first novel, Bottle Rocket Hearts (Cormorant), about growing up queer in Montreal. Hope the next one's set in T.O.