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Suzanne Robertson Shortlisted for Toronto Book Award

Paramita Little Black

We are thrilled to announce that PARAMITA, LITTLE BLACK by Suzanne Robertson has been shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award! Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. There will be an evening with the shortlisted authors at the Toronto Public Library, Yorkville branch, on October 3 – winners will be announced October 11. To see the complete shortlist, visit the City of Toronto website.

In Paramita, Little Black Robertson meditates on the nature of intimacy; the connective tissue that binds stranger to stranger, human to animal, soul to landscape, heart to mind. Inspired by the Buddhist paramitas – actions that spark a spiritual sojourn, the poems attempt to both transcend and stay grounded in a conventional universe. Follow the humourous, pedestrian plight of a secretary/writer grappling with her noonday demon, her love affair with Little Black, and the metamorphosis of her marriage as she harnesses the practical power of poetry, marrying words “to the wind horse,” “to the lies and the gossip and the truth of the river / as it pours out the mouth of right-now.” Paramita, Little Black explores acts of transformation; documenting a journey to live and love authentically amidst the transient anatomy of our twenty-first century lives. Check out Suzanne reading her work here.

Order Paramita, Little Black online:
North America: University of Toronto Press Distribution (800-565-9523)
Europe: Gazelle Book Services (0-152-46-87-65)

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