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October 5, 2009
Reading and book signing with 2009 Toronto Book Awards finalists
The finalists of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards will meet for a reading and book signing event. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards, which also coincides with the City’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

Date: Wednesday, October 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Toronto Public Library - Bloor/Gladstone Branch
1101 Bloor St. W.

The finalists for the 2009 Toronto Book Awards are Austin Clarke for his novel, More (Thomas Allen Publishers); Anthony De Sa, for his story collection, Barnacle Love (Doubleday Canada); Maggie Helwig, for her novel, Girls Fall Down (Coach House Books); Mark Osbaldeston, for his history book, Unbuilt Toronto (Dundurn Press); and Charles Wilkins, for his non-fiction book, In the Land of Long Fingernails (Viking Canada).

The winner of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 15 at the Appel Salon, the Toronto Reference Library’s new event venue. Members of the media and the general public are encouraged to come out and celebrate at the awards gala, to be hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway. For more information, 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 Library’s 99 branches and borrow more than 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 (office), 416-892-8646 (cell),
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 647-274-6112,
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7098,



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