- Nominated for the 1987 Governor General's Award for English Language Fiction.
- In the Skin of a Lion was one of the selected books in the 2002 edition of Canada Reads, championed by Steven Page.
- The City of Toronto Archives prepared a special tour of its collection of historic photos, taken by Arthur Goss, tailored for students reading In the Skin of a Lion, as Ondaatje's research for the novel was influenced by studying the photos.
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