Cordelia Strube has won the 2016 $10,000 Toronto Book Award for her tenth novel, On the Shores of Darkness, There Is Light (ECW Press). Quill & Quire called the book "a masterful blend of comedy and tragedy...richly detailed and profoundly moving". A playwright and fiction writer, Strube has been previously nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Prix Italia, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and is also a three-time nominee for the ReLit Award.
At an event at the Toronto Reference Library, hosted by CBC's Gill Deacon, book lovers mingled at a reception before the award was presented. The other nominees, each of whom will receive $1,000, were Howard Akler for Men of Action; Ann Y. K. Choi for Kay's Lucky Coin Variety; John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg, and Tatum Taylor for The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto's First Immigrant Neighbourhood; and Marnie Woodrow for Heyday.
This year's presentation marks the 42nd time the prize, which celebrates literature that is evocative of Toronto, has been awarded. For more information about the Toronto Book Awards, visit their website.