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2nd Annual Type Book Awards long list is announced!

The Type Book Awards are chosen by the Type Books' staff at both our Queen Street and Forest Hill locations. We have collectively assembled our favourite reads from the last 12 months - from any genre, from any country, published any year.  

There are a lot of us, so this list is long and there are no categories. We are all different kinds of readers: we devour exciting thrillers, we delight in witty children's books, we ponder insightful books of philosophy, we revel in particularly difficult fiction. 

Watch out on Monday, September 14th for the short list announcement. The winners will be revealed in a stunning window design by our resident genius Kalpna Patel on October 1st. 

Type Books is now proud to present what we have read, loved, and recommended in the last 12 months!


Cold Genius - Aaron Kunin
A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain - Adrianne Harun
The Capacity For Infinite Happiness  - Alexis von Konigslow
Fifteen Dogs  - Andre Alexis
Fra Keeler - Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi
Everything I Never Told You  - Celeste Ng
The Testament of Mary  - Colm Toibin
The Show That Smells  - Derek McCormack
The Cartel - Don Winslow
California - Edan Lepucki
The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels - Edward St. Aubyn
The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
A Brief History of Portable Literature - Enrique Vila-Matas
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage -  Haruki Murakami
Hotel Living - Ioannis Pappos
Purity - Jonathan Franzen
Urgency and Patience - Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Area X (Southern Reach trilogy) - Jeff Vandermeer
The Meursault Investigation - Kamel Daoud
Dancing In The Dark - Karl Ove Knausgaard
Talk - Linda Rosenkrantz
Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff
The Round House  - Louise Erdrich
Manual for Cleaning Women - Lucia Berlin
Where Did You Sleep Last Night - Lynn Crosbie
In the Country - Mia Alvar
Diary of the Fall - Michel Laub
The First Bad Man - Miranda July
All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
The Star Side of Bird Hill - Naomi Jackson
The Wallcreeper - Nell Zink
Hysteric - Nelly Arcan
Eileen - Ottessa Moshfegh
Suspended Sentences - Patrick Modiano
The Sellout - Paul Beatty
Dear Thief  - Samantha Harvey
All Our Happy Days are Stupid - Sheila Heti 
Satin Island - Tom McCarthy
The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty - Vendela Vida
Happy Are The Happy - Yasmina Reza

Otter - Ben Ladouceur
Dear Leader - Damian Rogers
The Missing Pieces - Henri Lefebvre
The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out - Karen Solie
Infinite Citizens of the Shaking Tent - Liz Howard
The Last Two Seconds - Mary Jo Bang

Gotham Academy Vol.1 - DC Comics
Supermutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki
Syllabus - Lynda Barry
Robert Moses: Master Bulider of New York City - Pierre Christin & Oliver Balez
Here - Richard McGuire

Toronto Cooks - Amy Rosen
The Power at the End of the Economy - Brian Massumi
What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art - Dan Nadel
Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else David Balzer
Agnes Martin - Frances Morris
Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ - Giulia Enders
West Coast Modern House: Vancouver Architecture - Greg Bellerby
The Folded Clock - Heidi Julavits
Men We Reap - Jessamyn Ward
First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic - Jessica Hopper
The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood - John Lorinc
Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands - Judith Schalansky
Girl In A Band - Kim Gordon
Empathy Exams - Leslie Jamison
Leaving Orbit: Notes From the Last Days of American Spaceflight - Margaret Lazarus Dean
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo
Cooking for Artists - Mina Stone
Science Fiction and Extro-Science Fiction - Quentin Meillassoux
Ray Johnson - Ray Johnson
Men Explain Things To Me - Rebecca Solnit
The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration - Richard Barnett
That Thing You Do With Your Mouth - Samantha Matthews & David Shields
Spineless - Susan Middleton
Between The World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates
How to Love - Thich Nhat Hanh
Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys - Viv Albertine

Edmond, The Moonlit Party - Astrid Desbordes & Marc Boutavant
My Bus - Byron Barton
Home - Carson Ellis
Beautiful Birds - Emmanuelle Walker & Jean Roussen
Outstanding In the Rain - Frank Viva
Rhymoceros - Janik Coat
Beastly Verse - JooHee Yoon
The Princess and the Pony - Kate Beaton
The Jacket - Kirsten Hall & Dasha Tolstikova
This is Sadie - Sarah O'Leary & Julie Morstad
Hug Me - Simona Ciraolo
Truth Commission - Susan Juby