Born on the twin backs of torpidity and obsession, In the Beggarly Style of Imitation is a voyage into the mind of one of the Canadian literary underground’s most unruly writers. Equal parts tribute to the historical genesis of the novel and the well-trodden subject of love, the exercises of imitation contained in this collection offer a brief survey through the illustrious forms and genres of literary expression: epistolary, aphorism, essay, picaresque, romance and satire culminate in a celebratory brand of fiction that proves with finality that imitation is truly the vilest form of flattery.
Jean Marc Ah-Sen is the Toronto-based author of Grand Menteur, which was selected by The Globe and Mail as one of the top 100 Best Books of 2015. The National Post has hailed his work as “an inventive escape from the conventional.” In the Beggarly Style of Imitation, which The Walrus claims “offers a vision of the self that is compulsively creative and ecstatically pervious to the world," is Ah-Sen’s second book and was released this past April.
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. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000.
The shortlist for the Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Nov. 2, 2020, followed by the winner named in a virtual presentation on Nov. 30, 2020.