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May 22, 2009
Winners of the Toronto Book Awards read during Doors Open Toronto celebrations
The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Public Library will host a reading celebration on May 24 as part of the 35th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards. Virginia Van Vliet from the Toronto Public Library will MC the event, featuring past winners.

Date: Sunday, May 24
Times: 2 p.m.: Glen Downie, Loyalty Management, Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (2008 winner)
2:45 p.m.: David Donnell, China Blues, McClelland & Stewart (1993 winner)
3:30 p.m.: Sarah Dearing, Courage My Love, Stoddart Publishing Co. Limited (2002 winner)
4:15 p.m.: Katherine Govier, Hearts of Flame, Viking (1992 winner)
Location: Toronto Public Library, City Hall Branch, 100 Queen St. W.

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 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. Each year a five-member volunteer jury selects the shortlist and the winner. Both announcements are made in the fall.

The 2009 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. For more information about the Toronto Book Awards, visit

Doors Open Toronto celebrates its 10th anniversary and Toronto’s 175th anniversary with the finale of Lit City - Toronto Stories, Toronto Settings, a three-month festival that honours literary writers who find inspiration in Toronto and use the city as a setting in their work. Residents and visitors can explore 175 buildings on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24 for free.

Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by the Toronto Star. CBC is the media sponsor; Woodcliffe is the program sponsor. For more details, visit and

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit its 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 contact:
Bev Kurmey, Acting Senior Protocol Officer, City Clerk’s Office, 416-392-4674,
416-892-8646 (cell),



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