atwood isn’t the only Toronto author enjoying a renaissance. In July, Ondaatje’s 1992 masterpiece, The English Patient, won the Golden Man Booker Prize, a one-off award for the best book to win the prestigious honour over the past 50 years. He was a contender for the 2018 Man Booker, too, with the long-listed Warlight, a shadowy novel about two teenagers in post-war London. The book received glowing reviews and earned a spot on Barack Obama’s summer reading list.
up next: Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion into a film.