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June 9, 2003
Toronto Book Awards marks 30th anniversary
The Toronto Book Awards marks 30 years of good reading with the announcement of
the 2003 shortlist of books.

The Toronto Book Awards Committee selected these five finalists for the 2003
Toronto Book Awards:

- Dionne Brand for her poem about the city entitled thirsty, published by
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
- Joe Fiorito for his novel The Song Beneath the Ice, published by McClelland &
Stewart Ltd.
- Eric McCormack for his novel The Dutch Wife, published by Penguin Canada.
- Judith Merril and Emily Pohl-Weary for the autobiography Better to Have
Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, published by Between the Lines.
- Makeda Silvera for her novel The Heart Does Not Bend, published by Random
House Canada.

The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit
that are evocative of Toronto. The award offers $15,000 in prize money. Each
finalist receives $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize

In celebration of three decades of this award, the winner will be announced at
a gala reception in September. The authors will read from their books at the
City of Toronto tent as part of The Word On The Street festival on September
28. Other readings and meet-the-author events are planned. Watch for details at

The Toronto Book Awards Committee members are Mary Chalmers, Cherie DeLory,
John Farrell, Bill Krangle and Susan Stevenson. The Committee selected the
finalists from 96 entries.

'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."

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Bev Kurmey
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