Toronto Book Awards

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The Toronto Book Awards are Canadian literary awards, presented annually by the City of Toronto to the author of the year's best fiction or non-fiction book or books "that are evocative of Toronto".[1]

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[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
1974 Blue ribbon William Kurelek, O Toronto
Blue ribbon Desmond Morton, Mayor Howland
Blue ribbon Richard B. Wright, In the Middle of a Life
1975 Blue ribbon Claude Bissell, Halfway up Parnassus
Blue ribbon The Labour History Collective, Women at Work
Blue ribbon Loren Lind, The Learning Machine
1976 Blue ribbon Robert F. Harney and Harold Troper, Immigrants: A Portrait of the Urban Experience 1890-1930
Blue ribbon Hugh Hood, The Swing in the Garden
1977 Blue ribbon Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle
Blue ribbon Margaret Gibson, The Butterfly Ward
1978 Blue ribbon Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles, The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company
Blue ribbon Timothy Findley, The Wars
1979 Blue ribbon Michael Bliss, A Canadian Millionaire
Blue ribbon William Dendy, Lost Toronto
Blue ribbon John Morgan Gray, Fun Tomorrow
1980 Blue ribbon Raymond Souster, Hanging In
Blue ribbon Stephen A. Speisman, The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937
1981 Blue ribbon Timothy Colton, Big Daddy: Frederick G. Gardiner and the Building of Metropolitan Toronto
Blue ribbon Mary Larratt Smith, Young Mr. Smith in Upper Canada
Blue ribbon Helen Weinzweig, Basic Black with Pearls
1982 Blue ribbon Claude Bissell, The Young Vincent Massey
Blue ribbon Marian Engel, Lunatic Villas
1983 Blue ribbon Michael Bliss, The Discovery of Insulin
Blue ribbon Lucy Booth Martyn, The Face of Early Toronto: An Archival Record 1803-1936
1984[2] Blue ribbon Edith G. Firth, Toronto in Art
Blue ribbon Gerald Killan, David Boyle: From Artisan to Archaeologist
Blue ribbon Eric Wright, The Night the Gods Smiled
1985 Blue ribbon Warabe Aska, Who Goes to the Park
Blue ribbon J.M.S. Careless, Toronto to 1918
Blue ribbon Josef Skvorecky, The Engineer of Human Souls
1986 Blue ribbon Morley Callaghan, Our Lady of the Snows
Blue ribbon Robertson Davies, What's Bred in the Bone
1987 Blue ribbon William Dendy and William Kilbourn, Toronto Observed: Its Architecture, Patrons and History
1988 Blue ribbon Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion
1989 Blue ribbon Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye
1990 Blue ribbon Hilary Russell, Double Take: The Story of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres
Blue ribbon Guy Vanderhaeghe, Homesick
1991 Blue ribbon Cary Fagan and Robert MacDonald, eds., Streets of Attitude: Toronto Stories
1992 Blue ribbon Katherine Govier, Hearts of Flame
1993 Blue ribbon Carole Corbeil, Voice-Over
Blue ribbon David Donnell, China Blues
1994 Blue ribbon Timothy Findley, Headhunter
1995 Blue ribbon Ezra Schabas, Sir Ernest MacMillan: The Importance of Being Canadian
1996 Blue ribbon Rosemary Sullivan, Shadow Maker: The Life of Gwendolyn MacEwen
1997 Blue ribbon Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
1998 Blue ribbon Helen Humphreys, Leaving Earth
1999 Blue ribbon Richard Outram, Benedict Abroad
2000 Blue ribbon Camilla Gibb, Mouthing the Words
2001 Blue ribbon A.B. McKillop, The Spinster and the Prophet: Florence Deeks, H.G. Wells and the Mystery of the Purloined Past
2002 Blue ribbon Sarah Dearing, Courage My Love
2003 Blue ribbon Joe Fiorito, The Song Beneath the Ice
2004 Blue ribbon Kevin Bazzana, Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
Blue ribbon Kate Taylor, Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen
2005 Blue ribbon David Bezmozgis, Natasha and Other Stories
2006 Blue ribbon Dionne Brand, What We All Long For
2007 Blue ribbon Michael Redhill, Consolation
2008 Blue ribbon Glen Downie, Loyalty Management
2009 Blue ribbon Austin Clarke, More
2010 Blue ribbon Mark Sinnett, The Carnivore
2011 Blue ribbon Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy
2012 Blue ribbon Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue
2013 Blue ribbon Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes[3]
2014 Blue ribbon Charlotte Gray, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country
2015 Blue ribbon Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven[4]
2016 Blue ribbon Cordelia Strube, On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light
2017 Blue ribbon B. Denham Jolly, In the Black: My Life[5]
2018 Blue ribbon David Chariandy, Brother[6]


  1. ^ "About the Toronto Book Awards". City of Toronto, official Web site. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  2. ^ "Three writers share book award". The Globe and Mail, February 24, 1984.
  3. ^ "Kamal Al-Solaylee wins Toronto Book Award". Toronto Star, October 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Emily St. John Mandel wins 2015 Toronto Book Award". Toronto Star, October 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "B. Denham Jolly's memoir about growing up Black in Toronto wins Toronto Book Award". CBC Books, October 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "David Chariandy wins $10K Toronto Book Award for novel Brother | CBC Books". CBC. Retrieved 2018-11-13.

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