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 $14,000 in prize money: finalists receive $1,000 and the winning author is awarded $10,000. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards.
The 2016 Toronto Book Awards committee is made up of volunteer members:
Irfan Ali, Ann Jansen, Kilby Smith-McGregor and Conan Tobias
In 2014, Toronto City Council voted to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards by creating a Toronto Book Garden. On Sunday, November 1, a ground breaking ceremony was held in front of Queen's Quay Terminal (207 Queens Quay West) attended by former mayor John Sewell (far left) who proposed the creation of the Toronto Book Awards in 1973, and by past TBA winners Helen Humphreys (1998), Rosemary Sullivan (1996), Guy Vanderhaeghe (1990), Rabindranath Maharaj (2011), Charlotte Gray (2014) and Richard B. Wright (1974). Former City Councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (far right) conceived of the Book Garden and got the funding ball rolling while representing Ward 20 in 2014.
The garden -- to be completed by fall 2016 -- will feature the names of winning authors and book titles engraved in paving stones; new stones will be added each year.