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August 7, 2002
Toronto Book Awards finalists make great summer reading
  
The Toronto Book Awards Committee announced today the six finalists for the
2002 Toronto Book Awards:

Run Over: A Boy, His Mother and An Accident
Douglas Bell
Random House Canada

Courage My Love
Sarah Dearing
Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited

Joyce Wieland: Artist on Fire
Jane Lind
James Lorimer & Company Limited

Sheep's Vigil by a Fervent Person
Eirin Moure
House of Anansi Press Limited

Martin Sloane
Michael Redhill
Doubleday Canada

Ten Good Seconds of Silence
Elizabeth Ruth
The Dundurn

The Toronto Book Awards Committee selected this short-list of finalists after
reviewing 83 books submitted by various publishers and authors. Committee
members are John Farrell, Fern Gaspar, Sheila Hyland, Fred Reynolds and Nancy
Vanderzwan.

The winner will be announced at the Word On The Street festival on September
29, 2002. The award will be presented as part of the opening ceremonies
beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the City TV MainStage, followed by readings at the
City of Toronto Book Awards tent.

In the meantime, Toronto readers can judge for themselves by putting the
short-listed books on their summer reading list at the cottage, the beach or
while relaxing at home.

Jurors were impressed by the calibre of this year's entries. "Each of this
year's short-listed books represent singular literary and artistic
accomplishments in their own right," said Toronto Book Awards Judging Committee
Co-Chairs Nancy Vanderzwan and John Farrell. "The fact that they all imbue the
ideals of Toronto in such remarkably different ways makes them all the more
compelling. It is also made the job of selecting this year's City of Toronto
Book Awards winner that much more challenging."

The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books that are evocative of Toronto,
offering $15,000 in prize money; $1,000 to each finalist with the remainder
going to the winning author.


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