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October 6, 2008
Media Advisory: Group reading and book signing event with 2008 Toronto Book Awards finalists
The finalists of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards will meet for a group reading and book signing event at the Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston Branch on Tuesday, October 7.

Date: Tuesday, October 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston Branch, 560 Palmerston Ave.

The finalists for the 2008 Toronto Book Awards are:
• Elspeth Cameron, for her biography, And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, published by Cormorant Books
• David Chariandy, for his novel, Soucouyant, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
• Glen Downie, for his work of poetry, Loyalty Management published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
• Elyse Friedman, for her novella, Long Story Short, published by House of Anansi Press Inc.
• Barbara Gowdy, for her novel, Helpless, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

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

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 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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