The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library have revealed the finalists for this year’s Toronto Book Awards‚ recognizing titles that speak to the city‚ its people‚ and its heritage:
- Howard Akler‚ Men of Action (Coach House Books)
- Ann Y.K. Choi‚ Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety (Simon & Schuster Canada)
- John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg‚ and Tatum Taylor‚ eds.‚ The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood (Coach House Books)
- Cordelia Strube‚ On the Shores of Darkness‚ There is Light (ECW Press)
- Marnie Woodrow‚ Heyday (Tightrope Books)
Each of the shortlisted writers will receive a $1,000 prize and will perform a reading at the Word on the Street festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre on Sept. 25 and at the Scarborough Civic Centre Library on Oct. 5. The winner of the $10,000 award will be announced at the Toronto Reference Library on Oct. 11‚ and honoured at a ceremony at Toronto’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon that evening‚ hosted by CBC Radio’s Gill Deacon.