The Toronto Public Library says women were among the most popular from the library this year. Of the 10 most borrowed books in 2019, announced December 9, eight were written by women, with the top two written by black women. Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming came in first place at 5,860 borrows and holds combined, followed by Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black with 4,997 borrows and holds. Despite US politics capturing the attention of so many, it was a strong year for Canadian literature. Canadian authors on the list included Edugyan, Margaret Atwood, Louise Penny, and Miriam Toews.
Toronto Star, Dec. 9