Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards.
Congratulations to the 2016 Finalists:
- Howard Akler for his memoir Men of Action, published by Coach House Books
- Ann Y.K. Choi for her novel Kay's Lucky Coin Variety, published by Simon & Schuster Canada
- John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor (Editors) for The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood, published by Coach House Books
- Cordelia Strube for her novel, On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light, published by ECW Press
- Marnie Woodrow for her novel, Heyday, published by Tightrope Books
The 2016 Toronto Book Awards will be presented at the Toronto Reference Library's Appel Salon October 11 at 7 pm hosted by CBC's Gill Deacon.
Hear the Toronto Book Awards shortlist authors read at Word on the Street on September 25 and again at Scarborough Civic Centre Library (156 Borough Drive), October 5 at 7 pm -- both events are free.
The 2016 Toronto Book Awards committee is made up of volunteer members:
Irfan Ali, Ann Jansen, Kilby Smith-McGregor and Conan Tobias