Best Toronto Authors

Hello everyone, here we have a list of famous authors and writers who were born in Toronto, with photos when available. These Toronto authors are listed by how many people are googling them and how impactful their books were/are on society in general. A few of these authors may not have been born in Toronto, but everyone on this list at least either grew up in Toronto at one point and left a big impact or they still live in Toronto. This list includes Toronto authors from every type of genre you can think of, including of course drama, fiction, young adult and other genres.

If you grew up in Toronto or live in Toronto right now, then you should be proud of these amazing authors who were born is Toronto.

Our list this year (2020) contains authors like the talented Lawrence Hill and Shilpi Somaya Gowda.

This list of famous Toronto authors in 2020 also answers questions that a lot of you have been asking us like…

  • Which authors are from Toronto?
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#1. Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill writer

Lawrence Hill is an author based in Toronto

Lawrence Hill is the author of many books of fiction and non-fiction. In 2005, he won his first literary honour: a National Magazine Award for the article “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” published in The Walrus. His first two novels were Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, and his first non-fiction work to attract national attention was the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada. But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007) — published in some countries as Someone Knows My Name and in French as Aminata — that attracted widespread attention in Canada and other countries.

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#2. Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Shilpi Somaya Gowda Writer

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is an author from Toronto

Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a Canadian novelist. She is the author behind the NY Times, USA Today, IndieBound and #1 International bestseller Secret Daughter and Golden Son. Gowda was born and brought up in Toronto by her parents who had emigrated from Mumbai.

Recommended Shilpi Somaya Gowda Books:

#3. Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden Writer

Joseph Boyden is an author from Toronto

Joseph Boyden is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. His first novel, Three Day Road, won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

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#4. Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand Writer

Dionne Brand is an author based in Toronto

Dionne Brand is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist and documentarian. She was Toronto’s third Poet Laureate from September 2009 to November 2012. She was admitted to the Order of Canada in 2017.

Recommended Dionne Brand Books:

#5. Ann-Marie MacDonald

Ann-Marie MacDonald writer

Ann-Marie MacDonald is an author based in Toronto

Ann-Marie MacDonald is a Canadian playwright, novelist, actress and broadcast host who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The daughter of a member of Canada’s military, she was born at an air force base near Baden-Baden, West Germany.

Recommended Ann-Marie MacDonald Books:

#6. Alwyn Hamilton

Alwyn Hamilton writer

Alwyn-Hamilton is an author from Toronto

Alwyn Hamilton is a Canadian author. She is known for her bestselling young adult book Rebel of the Sands.

Recommended Alwyn Hamilton Books:

#7. Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow writer

Cory Doctorow is an author from Toronto

Cory Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.

Recommended Cory Doctorow Books:

#8. Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry Writer

Rohinton Mistry is an author based in Toronto

Rohinton Mistry is considered to be one of the foremost authors of Indian heritage writing in English. Residing in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Mistry belongs to the Parsi Zoroastrian religious minority.

Recommended Rohinton Mistry Books:

#9. Austin Clarke

Austin Clarke writer

Austin Clarke was an author based in Toronto

Austin Clarke (passed away 2016), was a Barbadian novelist, essayist, and short story writer who was based in Toronto, Ontario.

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#10. Ann Y.K. Choi

Ann Y. K. Choi Writer

Ann Y. K. Choi is an author based in Toronto

Ann Y.K. Choi immigrated to Canada from South Korea in 1975. She attended the University of Toronto where she studied English, Sociology, and Education. She is also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies, and National University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing. Her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a 2016 Toronto Book Awards finalist and One of CBC Books 12 Best Canadian Debut Novels of 2016.

Recommended Ann Y.K. Choi Books:

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Rebecca Pickens

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