The Toronto writer won the $10,000 prize for her collection Frying Plantain (Astoria), a series of linked stories about a teenage girl’s coming-of-age in Toronto’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood.
The winning novel was chosen by a jury consisting of novelists Liz Harmer, Shani Mootoo, and Anakana Schofield.
The winners were announced on June 21 –National Indigenous Day – in a virtual gala of readings and stories streamed via the IVAs website.
The Best Book Award comes with a $20,000 prize and the Best Book Award for Poetry winner receives $10,000.
Updated: Library associations in Ontario and Manitoba have announced the winners of their annual children’s literature awards, as voted on by young people.
The winner, to be announced online the morning of June 25, will receive $60,000.
The short list will be announced in July with winners announced in September.
Jacobs was shortlisted alongside Amy Spurway’s Crow and Drew Hayden Taylor’s play Cottagers and Indians.
The special honour recognizes a publisher who has promoted LGBTQ literature.