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September 10, 2004
And the winners are...
  
During a reception this evening at City Hall, two winners of the 2004 Toronto Book Awards were announced. Mayor David Miller presented the awards to:
· Kevin Bazzana for Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould
published by McClelland & Stewart Ltd., and
· Kate Taylor for Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen published by Doubleday
Canada.

"The jury fell in love with both books," said committee co-chair Cherie DeLory.
"We were conflicted about choosing one over the other so we decided to give
them both a winning vote. Wondrous Strange is an engaging biography offering
nostalgic glimpses of Toronto, the city Glenn Gould affectionately called home
for his entire life. Mme. Proust and the Kosher Kitchen is an eloquently
written novel that cleverly blends historical truths with compelling fiction,
and depicts Toronto during the 1940s up to the present day."

The Toronto Book Awards honours authors of books of literary or artistic merit
that are evocative of Toronto. The award offers $15,000 in prize money. Each
finalist received $1,000 and the
co-winners split the remaining $9,000 prize money.

The Toronto Book Awards Committee selected five finalists out of 77 entries
submitted this year. The other finalists were:
· 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
Canada, and
· Karen X. Tulchinsky for her novel The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky published
by Polestar, An Imprint of Raincoast Books.

Available authors will read at the City of Toronto tent during The Word On The
Street festival on September 26, to be held for the first time at Queen's Park,
between Bloor and Wellesley Streets.


Media Contact
Bev Kurmey
Protocol Office, City Clerk's Office
416-392-8191

 

 

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