Cartoonist Seth has once again broken new ground in the literary acceptance of his chosen métier by claiming this year's $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, presented annually in conjunction with Toronto's upcoming International Festival of Authors.
Awarded since 1984, the prize, which honours "individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the world of books and writing," has always gone to novelists, playwrights and poets.
The chance of winning such an award "was not within the realm of possibility" when he began his career, Seth said upon receiving news of the honour. "So it goes without saying that I am deeply honoured."
Seth lives in Guelph, Ont. His most recent graphic novel is George Sprott (2009).
The award will be presented on the closing evening of this year's IFOA (Oct. 29), which will bring more than 130 authors to Toronto next month for 11 days of readings and discussions.