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June 11, 2004
Add the Toronto Book Awards shortlist to your summer reading
Today the Toronto Book Awards Committee announced the 2004 shortlist. Out of 77
entries, the committee selected:

· Kevin Bazzana for his novel Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
· Tom Cruickshank and John De Visser for their guided tour of Old Toronto
Houses published by Firefly Books.
· Kristen den Hartog for the novel The Perpetual Ending published by Knopf
· Kate Taylor for her novel Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen published by
Doubleday Canada.
· Karen X. Tulchinsky for her novel The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky published
by Polestar.

The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit
that are evocative of Toronto. The award offers $15,000 in prize money. Each
finalist receives $1,000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize

The winner will be announced on September 9. The finalists and winner will read
from their books at the City of Toronto tent during The Word On The Street on
September 26, to be held for the first time at Queen's Park, between Bloor and
Wellesley Streets. Other readings and meet-the-author events are planned. Watch
for details at

The Toronto Book Awards Committee members are Mary Chalmers, Cherie DeLory,
Thea Herman, Bill Krangle and John R. Farrell.

"We are happy to have selected five short-listed books," said Cherie DeLory,
co-chair of this year's committee. "We read competitive entries ranging from
poetry, fiction, non-fiction, young adult, to children's books. While it was
difficult, the committee's goal was to select those that we believed were most
representative of the city of Toronto, while at the same time upheld the
highest artistic and literary standard. This year's shortlist successfully
meets the criteria."

Media contact:
Bev Kurmey, Protocol Officer, City Clerk's Office, 416-392-8191



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