Kim Echlin Wins 2021 Toronto Book Award
On October 5, at the Toronto Book Awards 2021 ceremony, Mayor John Tory praised Toronto's "endless supply of great stories". This sentiment was echoed by Kim Echlin as she accepted the award saying, "In Toronto, we keep working together to know each other's stories and to give each other safe shelter for these stories." Her novel Speak, Silence is about the rapes of thousands of Bosnian women during the war and a Toronto journalist who becomes involved with the effort to make their stories public. Dory Cerny's review in Quill & Quire called it "an incredibly forceful book that insists readers sit up and pay attention."
Speak, Silence by Kim Echlin
The other finalists were:
Æther: An Out of Body Lyric by Catherine Graham
Crosshairs by Catherine Hernandez
On Property by Rinaldo Walcott
Swimmers in Winter by Faye Guenther