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September 5, 2006
Toronto Book Awards winner to be announced
Mayor David Miller will announce the winner of the 2006 Toronto Book Awards at a reception tomorrow.

Date: September 6
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Toronto Archives
255 Spadina Rd.
(one block north of Dupont subway station)

The five 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

The finalists were selected by five volunteer judges from over 75 entries. First awarded in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honours authors of books published in English that are of literary and artistic merit with a total of $15,000 in prize money. The finalists will be presented with their monetary prizes. This year, the Toronto Writers’ Centre has generously donated a six-month membership to the winner.

Following the presentation, Mayor David Miller will proclaim September 6 as McClelland & Stewart Day in honour of the publisher’s 100th anniversary.

The available Toronto Book Awards finalists will read from the Live With Culture stage in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair on September 24 at Queen’s Park.

Media contacts:
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer, City of Toronto, 416-392-8191
Linda Peake, Communications Advisor, City of Toronto, 416-392-1442
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 416-536-0714



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