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September 25, 2009
2009 Toronto Book Awards finalists and past winners read at The Word on the Street
The finalists of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards, as well as previous winners, will read in the City of Toronto tent at the 20th annual Word on The Street Book and Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 27. The free event will be held at Queen’s Park, between Bloor and Wellesley Streets, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The readings will start at the following times:
11:30 a.m. Austin Clarke, More, Thomas Allen Publishers
12 p.m. Maggie Helwig, Girls Fall Down, Coach House Books
12:30 p.m. Charles Wilkins, In The Land of Long Fingernails, Viking Canada
1 p.m. Mark Osbaldeston, Unbuilt Toronto, Dundurn Press
1:30 p.m. Glen Downie, Loyalty Management, Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (2008 winner)
2 p.m. Katherine Govier, Hearts of Flame, Viking Canada (1992 winner)
2:30 p.m. Joe Fiorito, Song Beneath the Ice, McClelland & Stewart Ltd. (2003 winner)
3 p.m. Anthony De Sa, Barnacle Love, Doubleday Canada
3:30 p.m. Austin Clarke, More, Thomas Allen Publishers
4 p.m. Maggie Helwig, Girls Fall Down, Coach House Books
4:30 p.m. Charles Wilkins, In The Land of Long Fingernails, Viking Canada
5 p.m. Mark Osbaldeston, Unbuilt Toronto, Dundurn Press

The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, is challenging Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with many ways for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books. A group reading and book signing event will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s Bloor/Gladstone branch at 1101 Bloor St. W., on Wednesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. The winner of the 2009 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 15 at the Toronto Reference Library. For more information, visit

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.

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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