Speaker's Book Award
The Speaker’s Book Award recognizes non-fiction works by Ontario authors reflecting the diverse culture and rich history of the province and of its residents. Topics include the history of the province and its many communities; prominent figures in Ontario from various fields including, but not limited to, politics, culture, arts, education and business; the history and achievements of women and minorities in Ontario; and the development of Ontario’s parliamentary system. Special consideration is given to works focusing on Ontario’s parliamentary heritage and on provincial political discourse.
The winning book is featured at the Legislative Assembly Gift Shop and in the Legislative Library. A monetary prize is awarded to the recipient. Shortlisted authors are also featured on an episode of TVO's The Agenda hosted by Steve Paikin prior to the award ceremony, with the winning author returning to the program for an interview following the prize announcement.
Online applications for the 2021 Speaker's Book Award will be accepted from March 1st to May 14th, 2021, with the 2021 winning entry announced this autumn.