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September 10, 2009
Mayor David Miller to announce the 2009 Toronto Book Awards shortlist
Mayor David Miller will join Jane Pyper, the City Librarian, to announce the shortlist for the 2009 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 opportunities for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books.

Date: Tuesday, September 15
Times: 9:30 a.m. - reception
10 a.m. - welcome remarks by Jane Pyper and announcement of shortlist by
Mayor David Miller
Location: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

The winner of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 15 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 place on Sunday, September 27 and will also be available at Toronto Public Library’s newly renovated Bloor/Gladstone branch for a book signing and reading event on Wednesday, October 7.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards, which also coincides with the City’s 175th anniversary celebrations. 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 2009 Toronto Book Awards Committee is made up of volunteer members, Alexander Greer, Brian Jantzi, Angela Rebeiro, Sarah Rotering and Karen Tisch. 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 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:
RoseMarie Demarco, City Clerk’s Office, 416-392-8191,
Michaela Cornell, Toronto Book Awards Publicist, 647-274-6112,
Tina Srebotnjak, Manager, Program Development, Toronto Public Library, 416-393-7098,



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