Toronto - Michael Redhill, a poet, playwright, novelist and a previous nominee was named the winner of the 2007 Toronto Book Awards for his novel “Consolation”, published by Doubleday Canada.

In Mayor David Miller’s congratulations to the finalists, he said: “The five shortlisted books give us a fresh, unique look at this diverse city we live in. They show us Toronto now and in the past through poetry, novels, short stories, photography and non-fiction, and each is a significant achievement.”

The other finalists, selected by five volunteer judges on the Toronto Book Awards Committee, were:

  • Sally Gibson for “Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s to 1920s” published by Cormorant Books Inc.
  • Geoffrey James for his book of photographs “Toronto” published by Douglas & McIntyre
  • Vincent Lam for his story collection “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures” published by Doubleday Canada
  • Raymond Souster for his book of poems “Uptown Downtown” published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.

Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto, and offers $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist received $1,000 and the winning author received the remaining prize money. The Toronto Writers’ Centre has generously donated a six-month membership to the winner.

The Toronto Book Awards is part of the City’s commitment to literacy. In keeping with the United Nations’ declaration, City Council proclaimed 1990 to 2010 as decades dedicated to the elimination of illiteracy in Toronto.

Available authors and previous winners and finalists will read in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street, on Monday, September 30.

For more information, visit the Toronto Book Awards site at