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September 4, 2007
Media Advisory: Toronto Book Awards winner to be announced
Mayor David Miller will announce the winner of the 2007 Toronto Book Awards at a reception tomorrow.

Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Toronto Reference Library (Atrium), 789 Yonge St.

The five finalists are:

  • Sally Gibson for “Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s to 1920s” published by Cormorant Books Inc.
  • Geoffrey James for his book of photographs “Toronto”, published by Douglas & McIntyre
  • Vincent Lam for his story collection “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures” published by Doubleday Canada
  • Michael Redhill for his novel “Consolation” published by Doubleday Canada
  • Raymond Souster for his book of poems “Uptown Downtown” published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box.

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, and will award $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money. The Toronto Writers’ Centre has generously donated a six-month membership to the winner.

The available finalists will read from their books in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair on Sunday, September 30 at Queen’s Park.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
RoseMarie Demarco, Protocol Officer, City of Toronto, 416-392-8191
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 416-536-0714



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