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All Five Finalists for The Toronto Book Awards to Appear at The Word On The Street

August 25, 2016

The Word On The Street Toronto is happy to announce that we’ll be hosting the authors and editors of all five finalists for the 2016 Toronto Book Awards at this year’s festival on Sunday, September 25, at Harbourfront Centre. Be among the first to hear the finalists read from their nominated books at the Toronto Book Awards Tent. Each attending author will read from their work throughout festival day, beginning at 11:00am.

The finalists are:

  • Howard Akler, for his essay, Men of Action published by Coach House Books
  • Ann Y.K. Choi for her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, published by Simon & Schuster
  • John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg, and Tatum Taylor for their work as editors of The Ward, concerning Toronto’s first immigrant neighbourhood, published by Coach House Books
  • Cordelia Strube for her novel, On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light, published by ECW
  • Marnie Woodrow for her novel, Heyday, published by Tightrope Books

The Toronto Book Awards were established by Toronto City Council in 1974 to honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The winner will be announced on October 11, 2016, at the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. This annual awards program is produced by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library.

The Toronto Book Awards Tent also features a program of readings from Heritage Toronto and Diaspora Dialogues.

The Heritage Toronto Book Award celebrates outstanding work in the production of non-fiction books about Toronto’s heritage and history. At The Word On The Street, you can learn how writing about the past can affect our understanding of the present at a panel moderated by Bianca Spence, with authors and editors of four Heritage Toronto Award-nominated books: Barbara Dickson (Bomb Girls), Joan Roberts (Cracked), John Sewell, (How We Changed Toronto), and Tatum Taylor (The Ward). The panel kicks off at 12:30pm.

Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, poetry, and drama that reflect the complexity of the city through the eyes of its culturally diverse writers. At this year’s Diaspora Dialogues panel, join five acclaimed writers at 3:00pm for Writing Toronto In The Future, hosted by Aparita Bhandari and featuring Cherie DimalineJudy Fong Bates, George Elliott Clarke, and Guillermo Verdecchia. The panel will also have an interactive component, allowing audience members to partake – in which a select few will have the chance to write a paragraph to be critiqued by the panelists.

For more information about the Toronto Book Awards Tent at The Word On The Street, please visit


To celebrate the announcement of the Toronto Book Award finalists, we are running a contest with a spectacular prize pack. If you win, you’ll receive signed copies of ALL FIVE of the nominated books!

The winner will be chosen by a random draw from everyone who answers the question below correctly.


Contest Rules

  • Deadline to enter contest: August 30, 2016, 5:00pm.
  • Send in your answer to to enter.
  • Prize pack must either be picked up at the festival on September 25 OR at The Word On The Street office in Liberty Village (details on date and time TBD).


Contest Question: Who was the winner of the Toronto Book Award last year?


Good luck!