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April 14, 2009
Free ‘Lit City’ events Thursday, April 23
The celebration of Lit City - Toronto Stories, Toronto Settings - March to May, 2009 continues with author Michael Ondaatje, Toronto Mayor David Miller and the unveiling of the inaugural Project Bookmark Canada plaque. Join them Thursday, April 23, 11 a.m. at the east end of the Bloor Viaduct in Playter Park.

Project Bookmark Canada brings imagined, written landscapes beyond the page to the actual locations where the stories take place, through a series of permanent markers. Website:

Later on April 23 ( 7 to 9 p.m.), celebrated authors will read at the Market Gallery as part of Lit City. Antanas Sileika (Buying on Time), Farzana Doctor (Stealing Nasreen) and David Chariandy (Soucouyant) read from their novels at New Voices in Toronto Literature.

These three authors’ works are inspired by their personal experiences of immigration and adaptation to new lives in Toronto. All three are featured in the exhibit Lit City: Toronto Through the Eyes of Authors and Artists (March 7 to June 13). This lively evening of readings and discussion of the unique yet shared experiences that inform their works is hosted by exhibit co-curator Ulana Baluk. Admission is free but those those interested should RSVP at 416-392-7604 or as space is limited. The Market Gallery is located on the second floor of the South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St. E. Website:

Lit City is a three-month celebration of literary writers who set their works and find their inspiration in Toronto, with readings, literary walking tours, exhibits and more. For more information, visit

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:
Pamela Wachna, Cultural Services, 416-392-7604,
Ulana Baluk, Cultural Services, 416-396-2820,



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