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October 1, 2013
Reading event to feature finalists in 2013 Toronto Book Awards
The finalists of the 2013 Toronto Book Awards will meet for a group reading event at Toronto Public Library's Yorkville Branch.

Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Toronto Public Library - Yorkville Branch, 22 Yorkville Ave.

The finalists for the 2013 Toronto Book Awards are Kamal Al-Solaylee for his memoir Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.); Patrick Cummins (photos) and Shawn Micallef (text) for their annotated book of photography Full Frontal T.O. (Coach House Books); Kevin Irie for his collection of poetry Viewing Tom Thomson, A Minority Report (Frontenac House Poetry); Aga Maksimowska for her novel Giant (Pedlar Press); and Katrina Onstad for her novel Everybody has Everything (McClelland & Stewart).

The recipient of the 2013 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, October 9 at the Toronto Reference Library, Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St. The evening awards ceremony will be hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway.

This year marks the 39th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Each shortlisted author receives $1,000 and the winner receives an additional $10,000 in prize money.

More information about the Toronto Book Awards is available at

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