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A (VERY LONG) SHORT LIST OF FAVOURITE BOOKS

The 2nd Annual Type Awards short list!


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. 

Not enough for you? Check out our long (long) 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 the shortlist of what we have read, loved, and recommended in the last 12 months!

FICTION
Fifteen Dogs  - Andre Alexis
The Testament of Mary  - Colm Toibin
The Cartel - Don Winslow
The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels - Edward St. Aubyn
The Story of the Lost Child - Elena Ferrante
Purity - Jonathan Franzen
The Meursault Investigation - Kamel Daoud
Dancing In The Dark - Karl Ove Knausgaard
Fates and Furies - Lauren Groff
Manual for Cleaning Women - Lucia Berlin
Star Side of Bird Hill - Naomi Jackson
All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
Hysteric - Nelly Arcan
The Sellout - Paul Beatty

POETRY
Otter - Ben Ladouceur
Dear Leader - Damian Rogers
The Last Two Seconds - Mary Jo Bang

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Supermutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki
Gotham Academy Vol.1 - DC Comics
Here - Richard McGuire

NON-FICTION
Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else David Balzer
Agnes Martin - Frances Morris
The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood - John Lorinc
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
The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration - Richard Barnett
That Thing You Do With Your Mouth - Samantha Matthews & David Shields
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

CHILDRENS
My Bus - Byron Barton
Beautiful Birds - Emmanuelle Walker & Jean Roussen
Princess and the Pony - Kate Beaton
This is Sadie - Sarah O'Leary & Julie Morstad
Hug Me - Simona Ciraolo
Truth Commission - Susan Juby
Beastly Verse - Joohee Yoon