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March 4, 2009
Submission deadline for 35th annual Toronto Book Awards is March 31
The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is accepting submissions for the 2009 Toronto Book Awards until Tuesday, March 31, 2009. The Toronto Book Awards theme - “get a new read on Toronto” - offers a unique opportunity for the community to discover Toronto’s diversity through the eyes of authors.

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. To be eligible, books must be published between January 1 and December 31, 2008. Fiction and non-fiction books published in English for adults and/or children that are evocative of Toronto are eligible. There are no separate categories. Novels, short story collections, books of poetry, biographies and histories, social studies, books about sports, children's books, and photographic collections are all judged together. Reprints, textbooks and manuscripts are not eligible.

Publishers must submit six copies of the book they consider eligible, along with their name, address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address to: Toronto Book Awards Committee, c/o Toronto Protocol, City Clerk’s Office, 2nd floor, West Tower, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 no later than
4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. There are no entry forms to complete.

A five-member volunteer jury committee will select the shortlist and the winner and both announcements will be made in the fall. The Toronto Book Awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the winning author will receive the remaining prize money. The 35th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards coincides with the City’s 175th anniversary celebrations. For more information about the Toronto Book 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 almost 30 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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,
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7098,



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