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September 19, 2013
2013 Toronto Book Awards finalists and Diaspora Dialogues at Word On the Street
  
The five finalists for the 2013 Toronto Book Awards will read at the Word On the Street Book & Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 22. This free event will be held at Queen’s Park North from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Again this year, authors from Diaspora Dialogues join the reading program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto's diverse artistic and literary culture.

Schedule of readings in Toronto Book Awards Tent
11.30 a.m. - Katrina Onstad, Everybody Has Everything, McClelland & Stewart
Noon - Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef, Full Frontal T.O., Coach House Books
12.30 p.m. - Aga Maksimowska, Giant, Pedlar Press
1:00 p.m. - Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
1.30 p.m. - Kevin Irie, Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report, Frontenac House Poetry
2:00 p.m. - Diaspora Dialogues authors, hosted by emcee Dalton Higgins, including Becky Blake, Sanjay Talreja, Sheri-D Wilson and Gregory Frankson (a.k.a Ritalin)
3:30 p.m. - Katrina Onstad, Everybody Has Everything, McClelland & Stewart
4:00 p.m. - Patrick Cummins and Shawn Micallef, Full Frontal T.O., Coach House Books
4:30 p.m. - Aga Maksimowska, Giant, Pedlar Press
5:00 p.m. - Kamal Al-Solaylee, Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
5.30 p.m. - Kevin Irie, Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report, Frontenac House Poetry)
Reading times are subject to change.

About the Toronto Book Awards
The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto.

The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is inviting Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with different ways to explore this year’s shortlisted books. A group reading and book-signing event will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville Branch at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 3.

The winner of the 2013 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, October 9 at the Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon. Members of the public are encouraged to come out and enjoy the evening awards celebration, hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway.

To learn more about the shortlisted books and reading events, visit http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards.

About Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library systems. Every year, 19 million people visit branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. To get the most current updates on what's happening at the library, follow @torontolibrary on Twitter.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer
City Clerk’s Office
416-392-7805 or 416-892-8646 (cell)
bkurmey@toronto.ca

Debby de Groot, Publicist
MDG & Associates
647-295-2970
debby@mdgassociates.com

Tina Srebotnjak, Manager of Program Development
Toronto Public Library
416-393-7098
tsrebotnjak@torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

 

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