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September 4, 2008
Media Advisory - Mayor David Miller to announce the 2008 Toronto Book Awards shortlist
Mayor David Miller will join Jane Pyper, the Toronto Public Library’s new Chief Librarian, to announce the shortlist for the 2008 Toronto Book Awards. The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is challenging Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with many new opportunities for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books. The announcement is open to the public and is a free event.

Date: Tuesday, September 9
Times: 9:30 a.m. - reception in the Atrium
10 a.m. - welcome remarks by Jane Pyper, Chief Librarian, Toronto Public Library and announcement of shortlist by Mayor David Miller
Location: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

The winner of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Friday, October 17 at the Toronto Reference Library.

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 on Sunday, September 28 and will also be available at the Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston branch for a book signing and reading event on Tuesday, October 7.

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. The 2008 Toronto Book Awards Committee is made up of volunteer members, Camilla Holland, Alexander Greer, Brian Jantzi, Sarah Rotering and Herman Silochan. For more information about the awards, visit

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than 29 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, 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. 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,
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 647-274-6112,
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7098,



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