Copernicus Avenue

ISBN: 9781770860018

Price: $21.00

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.28" x 8.10"

Publication Date: Feb 15, 2011

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC029000 FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

Winner, 2012 Toronto Book Award
Shortlisted, 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award

“When literary topographers put together a map of Toronto in fiction, Copernicus Avenue will provide invaluable information and insight.”
National Post

“[Its] tales are distilled to the essence of storytelling, integrating character, setting and structure to condense a complex world into a few pages … raised in Toronto’s Roncesvalles village, Borkowski makes Copernicus Avenue the vibrant backbone anchoring this kaleidoscopic whirl of events and lives.”
The Globe and Mail

“The clarity and economy of Borkowski’s language conjures every familiar smell and streetscape in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood. This collection of subtly interwoven short stories reaches into the soul of all who have struggled though adversity and continue to persevere.”
— Toronto Book Award jury citation



You will never know what really happened to Lech or any of us. We mean nothing by it, darling. It is a silent agreement we all have with ourselves, that nothing will ever make us prisoners again, not even memory.?

Set primarily in the neighbourhood of fictional Copernicus Avenue, Andrew Borkowski's debut collection of short stories is a daring, modern take on life in Toronto's Polish community in the years following World War II. Featuring a cast of young and old, artists and soldiers, visionaries and madmen, the forgotten and the unforgettable, Copernicus Avenue captures, with bold and striking prose, the spirit of a people who have travelled to a new land, not to escape old grudges and atrocities, but to conquer them.