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October 12, 2011
Recipient of 2011 Toronto Book Award to be announced tomorrow
Toronto City Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest) on behalf of Mayor Rob Ford and City Council, along with Jane Pyper, the Toronto Public Library’s City Librarian, will announce the winner of the 2011 Toronto Book Award tomorrow at the Toronto Reference Library. CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway is the MC for the awards reception.

Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 6 p.m. (reception)
7 p.m. (welcome remarks and awards presentation)
Location: Appel Salon, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

The finalists for the 2011 Toronto Book Awards are James FitzGerald for his memoir, What Disturbs Our Blood (Random House Canada); James King for his novel, Étienne's Alphabet (Cormorant Books Inc.); Rabindranath Maharaj for his novel, The Amazing Absorbing Boy (Knopf Canada); Nicholas Ruddock for his novel, The Parabolist (Doubleday Canada); and Alissa York, for her novel, Fauna (Random House Canada).

This year marks the 37th 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. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist receives $1,000, and the winning author this year will receive $11,000.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 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.

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