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September 27, 2007
Media Advisory: Toronto Book Awards authors read at The Word On The Street
On Sunday, September 30, finalists of the 2007 Toronto Book Awards, as well as previous winners and finalists, will read in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street. The annual Word On The Street book and magazine festival will be held at Queen’s Park, between Bloor and Wellesley Streets.

Reading Schedule: Subject to change without notice.

11 a.m.
2003 Toronto Book Awards finalist, Emily Pohl-Weary
“Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril” (Between the Lines)

11:40 a.m.
2007 Toronto Book Awards finalist, Sally Gibson
“Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s - 1920s” (Cormorant Books)

12:20 p.m.
2003 Toronto Book Award winner Joe Fiorito
“Union Station” (McLelland & Stewart)

1 p.m.
2007 Toronto Book Awards finalist Geoffrey James
“Toronto” (Douglas & McIntyre)

1:40 p.m.
2005 Toronto Book Awards finalist Russell Smith
“Muriella Pent” (Doubleday Canada)

2:20 p.m.
2007 Toronto Book Awards finalist, Vincent Lam
“Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures” (Doubleday Canada)

3 p.m.
Reading from 2007 Toronto Book Awards finalist “Uptown Downtown” by Raymond Souster (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box).
Reading by George Vanderburgh

3:40 p.m.
Launch of a new literacy campaign, followed by a game of “scrabble”
The City of Toronto in co-operation with the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy

4:10 p.m.
Readings from contributors to “The State of the Arts: Living with Culture in Toronto” (Coach House Books), the sequel to “Utopia: Towards a New Toronto” - 2006 Toronto Book Awards finalist

4:40 p.m.
2007 Toronto Book Awards finalist Michael Redhill
“Consolation” (Doubleday Canada)

5:30 p.m.
2004 Toronto Book Awards winner Kate Taylor
“Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen” (Doubleday Canada)

6 p.m.
Program concludes

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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
RoseMarie Demarco, Protocol Officer, City of Toronto, 416-392-8191,



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