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September 7, 2006
Dionne Brand wins the 2006 Toronto Book Awards
Dionne Brand, a poet, novelist, essayist and a previous nominee was named the winner of the 2006 Toronto Book Awards for her novel What We All Long For, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada.

In Mayor David Miller’s congratulations to the finalists, he said, “Each of this year’s books is filled with stories, characters and settings that are as dynamic as Toronto itself. Each one is a remarkable literary achievement.”

Five volunteer judges on the Toronto Book Awards Committee selected the finalists from over 75 entries. The other finalists were:

• Howard Akler for his novel The City Man, published by Coach House Books
• 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 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 Toronto Book Awards is part of the City’s commitment to literacy. In keeping with the United Nations’ declaration, City Council proclaimed 1990 to 2010 as decades dedicated to the elimination of illiteracy in the City of Toronto.

Available authors will read from the Live With Culture stage in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street on September 24. Other Toronto writers, whose works shine the spotlight on the city, will join the finalists in an expanded reading schedule.

This year marks a unique promotion of the books on the shortlist. As part of the [murmur] audio project, recorded excerpts from each of the nominated books are posted in various locations throughout the city. The locations are listed at

Thanks to the Toronto Writers’ Centre for generously donating a six-month membership to the 2006 Toronto Book Awards winner. A creative hub, the Toronto Writers’ Centre, offers emerging and established writers a quiet and professional environment in which to work.

The City of Toronto proclaimed September 6, as McClelland & Stewart Day in honour of the publisher’s 100th anniversary.

Media contacts:
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer, City of Toronto, 416-392-8191
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 416-536-0714, (cell) 647-274-6112



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