Beach author Cordelia Strube wins Toronto Book Awards

Cordelia Strube Toronto Book Awards
Cordelia Strube has been named the winner of the 2016 Toronto Book Awards. PHOTO: Submitted

Accolades are pouring in for Beach author Cordelia Strube, the winner of the 2016 Toronto Book Awards for her novel On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light.

The announcement of the award, which comes with a $10,000 prize, was made last night at an awards ceremony at the Toronto Reference Library.

Strube was one of five finalists for the 42nd edition of the awards, a list which included writers Howard Akler, Ann Y.K. Choi, and Marnie Woodrow, as well as editors John Lorinc, Michael McClelland, Ellen Scheinberg and Tatum Taylor for “The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood”.

“Congratulations to Cordelia Strube and her award-winning novel On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light,” said city librarian Vickery Bowles in a press release. “The title, which comes from the Keats poem Homer, shows us the vital role that books play in our lives today – by understanding Strube’s protagonist, Harriet, and her difficult circumstances, we all come to see that bit of light on the edge of a difficult shore. What a beautiful novel!”

The awards are produced by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library.

On the Shores of Darkness, There is Light was released by ECW Press. Winner of the CBC literary competition and a Toronto Arts Foundation Award, Strube, who is a teacher at Ryerson, has also been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Book Award, the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Prix Italia, and long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

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