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September 15, 2010
Mayor David Miller to announce the 2010 Toronto Book Awards shortlist
Mayor David Miller will join Jane Pyper, the City Librarian, to announce the shortlist for the 2010 Toronto Book Awards. The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is inviting Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with many opportunities for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books.

Date: Thursday, September 16
Times: 9:30 a.m. - reception
10 a.m. - announcement of shortlist by Mayor David Miller and City Librarian Jane Pyper
Location: Toronto Reference Library Atrium, 789 Yonge St.

The winner of the 2010 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on October 14 at the Toronto Reference Library's Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

This year’s finalists will read from their books in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair taking place on Sunday, September 26, and will also be available at Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville Branch for a group reading event on Tuesday, October 5.

This year marks the 36th year 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 will receive $1,000 and the winning author will receive the remaining prize money. The 2010 Toronto Book Awards Committee is made up of volunteer members Marsha Chesley, Alexander Greer, Angela Rebeiro, Kristine Thornley and Karen Tisch. More information about the awards is available at

The Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 17.5 million people visit its 99 branches and borrow more than 31 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit the website at or call the 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. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer, City Clerk’s Office, 416-392-7805,
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 647-274-6112,
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7098,



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