The Toronto Book Awards are Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the City of Toronto government to the author of the year's best fiction or non-fiction book or books "that are evocative of Toronto". The award is presented in the fall of each year, with its advance promotional efforts including a series of readings by the nominated authors at each year's The Word on the Street festival.
Each author shortlisted for the award receives $1,000, and the winner or winners receive the balance of $15,000.
The award has frequently gone to multiple winners. 1987 was the first time in the history of the award that only a single winner was named.
Winners and nominees
|1974|| William Kurelek, O Toronto
Desmond Morton, Mayor Howland
Richard B. Wright, In the Middle of a Life
|1975|| Claude Bissell, Halfway up Parnassus
The Labour History Collective, Women at Work
Loren Lind, The Learning Machine
|1976|| Robert F. Harney and Harold Troper, Immigrants: A Portrait of the Urban Experience 1890-1930
Hugh Hood, The Swing in the Garden
|1977|| Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle
Margaret Gibson, The Butterfly Ward
|1978|| Christopher Armstrong and H. V. Nelles, The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company
Timothy Findley, The Wars
|1979|| Michael Bliss, A Canadian Millionaire
William Dendy, Lost Toronto
John Morgan Gray, Fun Tomorrow
|1980|| Raymond Souster, Hanging In
Stephen A. Speisman, The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937
|1981|| Timothy Colton, Big Daddy: Frederick G. Gardiner and the Building of Metropolitan Toronto
Mary Larratt Smith, Young Mr. Smith in Upper Canada
Helen Weinzweig, Basic Black with Pearls
|1982|| Claude Bissell, The Young Vincent Massey
Marian Engel, Lunatic Villas
|1983|| Michael Bliss, The Discovery of Insulin
Lucy Booth Martyn, The Face of Early Toronto: An Archival Record 1803-1936
|1984|| Edith G. Firth, Toronto in Art
Gerald Killan, David Boyle: From Artisan to Archaeologist
Eric Wright, The Night the Gods Smiled
|1985|| Warabe Aska, Who Goes to the Park
J.M.S. Careless, Toronto to 1918
Josef Skvorecky, The Engineer of Human Souls
|1986|| Morley Callaghan, Our Lady of the Snows
Robertson Davies, What's Bred in the Bone
|1987||William Dendy and William Kilbourn, Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons and History||
|1988||Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion|
|1989||Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye|
|1990|| Hilary Russell, Double Take: The Story of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
Guy Vanderhaeghe, Homesick
|1991||Cary Fagan and Robert MacDonald, eds., Streets of Attitude: Toronto Stories|
|1992||Katherine Govier, Hearts of Flame|
|1993|| Carole Corbeil, Voice-Over
David Donnell, China Blues
|1994||Timothy Findley, Headhunter|
|1995||Ezra Schabas, Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian|
|1996||Rosemary Sullivan, Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen|
|1997||Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces|
|1998||Helen Humphreys, Leaving Earth|
|1999||Richard Outram, Benedict Abroad|
|2000||Camilla Gibb, Mouthing the Words|
|2001||A.B. McKillop, The Spinster and the Prophet: Florence Deeks, H.G. Wells and the Mystery of the Purloined Past|
|2002||Sarah Dearing, Courage My Love|
|2003||Joe Fiorito, The Song Beneath the Ice|
|2004|| Kevin Bazzana, Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
Kate Taylor, Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen
|2005||David Bezmozgis, Natasha and Other Stories|
|2006||Dionne Brand, What We All Long For|
|2007||Michael Redhill, Consolation|
|2008||Glen Downie, Loyalty Management|
|2009||Austin Clarke, More|
|2010||Mark Sinnett, The Carnivore|
|2011||Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy|
|2012||Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue|
|2013||Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes|
|2014||Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country|
|2015||Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven|
|2016||Cordelia Strube, On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light|
|2017||B. Denham Jolly, In the Black: My Life||
|2018||David Chariandy, Brother|
|2019||Dionne Brand, Theory|
|2020||Desmond Cole, The Skin We're In|
- "About the Toronto Book Awards". City of Toronto, official Web site. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
- "Three writers share book award". The Globe and Mail, February 24, 1984.
- "Kamal Al-Solaylee wins Toronto Book Award". Toronto Star, October 9, 2013.
- "Emily St. John Mandel wins 2015 Toronto Book Award". Toronto Star, October 15, 2015.
- "B. Denham Jolly's memoir about growing up Black in Toronto wins Toronto Book Award". CBC Books, October 13, 2017.
- "David Chariandy's novel Brother wins $10,000 Toronto Book Award". Toronto Star. October 10, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
- Deborah Dundas, "Dionne Brand named winner of 2019 Toronto Book Awards". Toronto Star, October 2, 2019.
- Ryan Porter, "Desmond Cole will donate half his Toronto Book Award prize winnings as he calls for TPL, city of Toronto 'to do better'". Quill & Quire, December 2, 2020.
- Toronto Book Awards (City of Toronto Web site)