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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.

Toronto Book Awards News

Toronto Book Awards Finalists read at the 27th Annual Word on the Street Festival

The finalists were on hand on Sunday September 25th  to read from their works and take questions from the audience at The Word on the Street Book and Magazine Festival! 

(Finalist Ann YK Choi reads from Kay's Lucky Coin Variety

(Finalist Cordelia Strube reads from On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light

(Howard Akler reads from Men of Action

(The finalists from The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood

(Finalist Marnie Woodrow reads from Heyday

A huge thank you to our amazing audience and authors and to judges Ann Jansen and Irfan Ali for hosting the Toronto Book Awards tent! 

Hear the Toronto Book Awards shortlist authors read at on October 5  at the Scarborough Civic Centre Library  (156 Borough Drive) at 7pm and again at the awards ceremony on October 11 at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon ( 789 Yonge Street)  at 6pm. Both events are free

2016 Toronto Book Award Shortlist Announced !


Congratulations to the 2016  Finalists:

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. 

Meet our Judges

The 2016 Toronto Book Awards committee is made up of volunteer members:

 Irfan Ali, Ann Jansen, Kilby Smith-McGregor and Conan Tobias

Meet our Judges