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July 26, 2006
City honours the 2006 Toronto Book Awards finalists
Mayor David Miller presented the finalists for the 2006 Toronto Book Awards with commemorative plaques during today’s Toronto City Council meeting. In Mayor David Miller’s congratulations, he said, “All the finalists evoke the spirit of Toronto in their writing and their books are as vibrant and diverse as the city itself.”

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. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money. The winner will be announced at a reception on September 6.

The announcement of the winner and readings by the finalists at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair on September 24 at Queen’s Park, coincides with various International Literacy Month celebrations occurring throughout September.

This year marks a unique change in the promotion of the books on the shortlist for the Toronto Book Awards. As part of the [murmur] audio project, an excerpt from each of the nominated books has been recorded and will be posted in various locations throughout the city. The [murmur] - Toronto Book Awards recordings will be posted starting July 31, 2006. More information is available on [murmur]’s website:

Media contacts:

Deborah McLeod
Protocol Services
City of Toronto

Michaela Cornell
Toronto Book Awards Publicist
cell 647-274-6112



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