Toronto Book Awards Committee
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City Clerk's Office
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Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
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. Each finalist receives $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money.
The 2013 winner is Kamal Al-Solaylee for Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes.
See all the past winners and finalists.
Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee is winner of the 2013 Toronto Book Awards. The book is described as part memoir of an Arab family trapped in the turmoil of Middle Eastern politics, part coming-out narrative and part cultural analysis.
Submissions for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards will be accepted until March 28, 2014. To be eligible for the 2014 Awards, books must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2013.
The five finalists for the 2013 Toronto Book Awards read from their respective books at the Word On the Street Book & Magazine Festival on September 22. This free event was held at Queen's Park North. Again this year, authors from Diaspora Dialogues joined the reading program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto's diverse artistic and literary culture.