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September 16, 2003
Media Advisory: Toronto Book Awards 30th anniversary winner to be announced
Dennis Lee, the City's Poet Laureate, and Camilla Gibb, the 2000 Toronto Book
Awards winner, will announce the winner of the 30th Anniversary Toronto Book
Awards at a reception in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda.

Date: Wednesday, September 17
Time: 6 p.m. (event), 6:45 p.m. (winner announcement)
Place: Toronto City Hall Rotunda
100 Queen St. W.

The five 2003 finalists are:

· Dionne Brand, thirsty, McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
· Joe Fiorito, The Song Beneath the Ice, McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
· Eric McCormack, The Dutch Wife, Penguin Canada
· Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary, Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith
Merril, Between the Lines
· Makeda Silvera, The Heart Does Not Bend, Random House Canada

"There was a phenomenal array of entries this year," said John Farrell, chair
of this year's judging committee. "From fiction, to non-fiction, poetry to
children's books, the challenge for the committee was to identify those books
that most evoked our individual or collective ideals of Toronto while also
maintaining the highest artistic and literary standard. With this year's five
short-listed books, I think we've succeeded."

According to the Toronto Book Awards Committee, all the authors' works are
evocative of Toronto, one of the founding criteria for the awards. The
short-list was chosen from 96 entries. Established in 1973 and first awarded in
1974, the Toronto Book Awards honours authors of published books that are of
literary and artistic merit with a total of $15,000 in prize money. This year
marks the 30th anniversary of the awards.

The winning author and finalists will read from their work at the City of
Toronto tent at The Word on the Street Festival on September 28. For more
information, log on to Book award finalists will
also take part in a Toronto Public Library reading series during Arts Week from
September 22 to 27. For more information, log on to the Toronto Public Library
Web site at

Media contact:
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer, 416-392-8191



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