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September 20, 2012
2012 Toronto Book Awards finalists and Diaspora Dialogues at Word On the Street
  
The five finalists for the 2012 Toronto Book Awards will read in the City of Toronto tent at the Word On the Street Book and Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 23. The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Once again this year, authors from Diaspora Dialogues join the reading program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto's diverse artistic and literary culture.

The free event will be held at Queen’s Park North from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Schedule of readings:

2012 Toronto Book Awards Tent - Sunday, September 23

11:30 a.m. - Dave Bidini, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the World in 1972, McClelland & Stewart
Noon - Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books
12:30 p.m. - Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press
1:00 p.m. - Michele Landsberg, Writing the Revolution, Second Story Press
1:30 p.m. - Suzanne Robertson, Paramita, Little Black, Guernica Editions
2:00 p.m. - Diaspora Dialogues authors, hosted by Andrew J. Borkowski:
• Terri Favro
• Dorianne Emmerton
• Irfan Ali
• Lillian Allen
• Heather Birrell
3:30 p.m. - Dave Bidini, Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music and the World in 1972, McClelland & Stewart
4:00 p.m. - Andrew J. Borkowski, Copernicus Avenue, Cormorant Books
4:30 p.m. - Farzana Doctor, Six Metres of Pavement, Dundurn Press
5:00 p.m. - Michele Landsberg, Writing the Revolution, Second Story Press
5:30 p.m. - Suzanne Robertson, Paramita, Little Black, Guernica Editions

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 Wednesday, October 3. The winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 11 at the Toronto Reference Library, 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.

Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 19 million people visit our branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow over 33 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. For all the latest buzz about the library follow us on Twitter @torontolibrary.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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
bkurmey@toronto.ca

Debby de Groot
Publicist
416-363-1448
debby@mdgassociates.com

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

 

 

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