Desmond Cole wins Toronto Book Award

December 1, 2020 | Book Buzz

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The skin we're in

The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

Desmond Cole has won this year's Toronto Book Award with The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power. In it Cole documents his experiences as a Black Canadian in 2017 and the fight for Black liberation. He told the Toronto Star, "I wrote this book, first and foremost, for Black people because I just wanted our experiences reflected honestly back to us in a mainstream nonfiction book, which doesn’t happen very often in Canada."


This year's other finalists were:

Dancing after ten


Dancing After TEN: A Graphic Memoir by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber

Frying plantain

Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta

In the beggarly style of imitation

In the Beggarly Style of Imitation: (Below the Level of Consciousness) by Jean Marc Ah-Sen

The missing millionaire

The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed with Finding Him by Katie Daubs

Related post:

2020 Toronto Book Awards Longlist

2020 Toronto Book Awards Shortlist