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.
Shortlist of authors who are the finalists for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards
This year, as part of the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards, each shortlisted book has been paired with a Champion who will promote the book through social media and provide an introduction at the awards ceremony.
Please see the 2014 reading schedule for events inside the City of Toronto tent.
Reading event at Word on the Street
The five finalists for the 2014 Toronto Book Awards will read from their respective books at the Word On the Street Book & Magazine Festival on September 21, 2014. This free event is held at Queen's Park North. Again this year, authors from Diaspora Dialogues will join the reading program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto's diverse artistic and literary culture.