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September 26, 2008
Media Advisory - 2008 Toronto Book Awards finalists read at The Word On The Street
  
The finalists of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards, as well as previous winners and finalists, will read in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 28. The annual free event will be held at Queen’s Park, between Bloor and Wellesley Streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

11:15 a.m. - Sally Gibson, 'Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s - 1920s', Cormorant Books Inc. (2007 finalist)
11:45 a.m. - Elyse Friedman, 'Long Story Short', House of Anansi Press Inc. (2008 finalist)
12:15 p.m. - Joe Fiorito, 'Song Beneath the Ice', McClelland & Stewart Ltd. (2003 winner)
12:45 p.m. - Elspeth Cameron, 'And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle', Cormorant Books Inc. (2008 finalist)
1:15 p.m. - Russell Smith, 'Muriella Pent', Doubleday Canada (2005 finalist)
1:45 p.m. - Glen Downie, 'Loyalty Management', Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (2008 finalist)
2:45 p.m. - David Chariandy, 'Soucouyant', Arsenal Pulp Press (2008 finalist)
3:15 p.m. - Elyse Friedman, 'Long Story Short', House of Anansi Press Inc. (2008 finalist)
3:45 p.m. - Elspeth Cameron, 'And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle', Cormorant Books Inc. (2008 finalist)
4:15 p.m. - Glen Downie, 'Loyalty Management', Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (2008 finalist)
4:45 p.m. - David Chariandy, 'Soucouyant', Arsenal Pulp Press (2008 finalist)

Unable to attend: Barbara Gowdy, 'Helpless', HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. (2008 finalist)

The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is challenging Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with many ways for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books. A group reading and book signing event will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston branch on Tuesday, October 7. The winner of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Friday, October 17 at the Toronto Reference Library. For more information and events, visit http://www.toronto.ca/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 receives the remaining prize money.

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit the 99 branches and borrow more than 29 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca 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. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, 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.

Media contacts:
Bev Kurmey, Acting Senior Protocol Officer, City Clerk’s Office, 416-392-4674, bkurmey@toronto.ca
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 647-274-6112, mcornell@rogers.com
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7098, tsrebotnjak@torontopubliclibrary.ca


 

 

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