City of Toronto Book Award

City of Toronto Book Award

The City of Toronto Book Award is a Canadian literary award, presented annually by the city of Toronto to the author of the year's best fiction or non-fiction book or books about or involving Toronto.

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.


*1974 - "multiple winners"
::William Kurelek, "O Toronto"::Desmond Morton, "Mayor Howland"::Richard B. Wright, "In the Middle of a Life"
*1975 - "multiple winners"
::Claude Bissell, "Halfway up Parnassus"::The Labour History Collective, "Women at Work"::Loren Lind, "The Learning Machine"
*1976 - "multiple winners"
::Robert F. Harney and Harold Troper, "Immigrants: A Portrait of the Urban Experience 1890-1930"::Hugh Hood, "The Swing in the Garden"
*1977 - "multiple winners"
::Margaret Atwood, "Lady Oracle"::Margaret Gibson, "The Butterfly Ward"
*1978 - "multiple winners"
::Christopher Armstrong and H.V. Nelles, "The Revenge of the Methodist Bicycle Company"::Timothy Findley, "The Wars"
*1979 - "multiple winners"
::Michael Bliss, "A Canadian Millionaire"::William Dendy, "Lost Toronto"::John Morgan Gray, "Fun Tomorrow"
*1980 - "multiple winners"
::Raymond Souster, "Hanging In"::Stephen A. Speisman, "The Jews of Toronto: A History to 1937"
*1981 - "multiple winners"
::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 - "multiple winners"
::Claude Bissell, "The Young Vincent Massey"::Marian Engel, "Lunatic Villas"
*1983 - "multiple winners"
::Michael Bliss, "The Discovery of Insulin"::Lucy Booth Martyn, "The Face of Early Toronto: An Archival Record 1803-1936"
*1984 - "multiple winners"
::Edith G. Firth, "Toronto in Art"::Gerald Killan, "David Boyle: From Artisan to Archaeologist"::Eric Wright, "The Night the Gods Smiled"
*1985 - "multiple winners"
::Warabe Aska, "Who Goes to the Park"::J.M.S. Careless, "Toronto to 1918"::Josef Skvorecky, "The Engineer of Human Souls"
*1986 - "multiple winners"
::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 - "multiple winners"
::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 - "multiple winners"
::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 - "multiple winners"
::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"

External links

* [ City of Toronto Book Award Web site]

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