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July 25, 2006
Media Advisory - City honours the 2006 Toronto Book Awards finalists
Mayor David Miller will present a commemorative plaque to each of the finalists for the 2006 Toronto Book Awards tomorrow during the Toronto City Council meeting.

Date: Wednesday, July 26
Time: 2 p.m. (authors are available for photos and interviews following the presentation)
Location: Toronto City Hall, Council Chamber, 100 Queen St. W.

Five volunteer judges of the Toronto Book Awards Committee selected the finalists from a diverse list of over 75 entries. The finalists are:
  • Howard Akler for his novel The City Man - published by Coach House Books
  • Dionne Brand for her novel What We All Long For - published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada
  • Stephen Marche for his novel Raymond and Hannah - published by Doubleday Canada
  • Jason McBride and Alana Wilcox, editors, for an anthology of essays uTOpia: Towards a New Toronto - published by Coach House Books
  • M.G. Vassanji for his collection of stories When She Was Queen - published by Doubleday Canada

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. The awards offer $15,000 in prize money.

The winner will be announced at a reception on September 6. The finalists will read at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair on September 24 at Queen’s Park.

For more information please visit

Media contacts:

Linda Peake
Communications Advisor
City of Toronto

Michaela Cornell
Toronto Book Awards Publicist



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