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July 18, 2005
2005 Toronto Book Awards finalists to be honoured by City Council
  
During Wednesday’s Council meeting, Mayor David Miller will present a
commemorative plaque to each of the five finalists for the 2005 Toronto Book
Awards. New to the Book Awards this year, each City Councillor will receive a
copy of each of the five nominated books.

Date: Wednesday, July 20
Location: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St., W.
Time: 2 p.m. (authors available for photos and interviews following the
presentation).

The finalists are:

  • Constance Backhouse and Nancy L. Backhouse for their biography The
    Heiress vs. The Establishment: Mrs. Campbell’s Campaign for Legal Justice (UBC
    Press)
  • David Bezmozgis for his story collection Natasha and Other Stories
    (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall for his memoir Down to This: Squalor and
    Splendour in a
    Big-city Shantytown (Random House Canada)
  • Don Coles for his novel Doctor Bloom’s Story (Alfred A. Knopf Canada)
  • Russell Smith for his novel Muriella Pent (Doubleday Canada)


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 five volunteer members of the Toronto Book Awards Committee selected the
short list from a diverse list from the 73 submissions-all set in the city of
Toronto.

The awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and
the winning author receives the remaining prize money. The winner will be
announced in a ceremony on September 7.

In keeping with the United Nations' declaration, Toronto City Council
proclaimed 1990-2010 as the decades dedicated to the elimination of illiteracy
in the City of Toronto. To achieve this goal, the City continues to work with
Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy and other community partners on numerous
literacy projects and initiatives. Every September is proclaimed International
Literacy Month in Toronto. The announcement of the winner of the Toronto Book
Awards, and readings by the short listed authors at Word On The Street,
coincides with various International Literacy Month celebrations occurring
throughout September.


Media contacts:

Bev Kurmey
Protocol Officer
City of Toronto
416-392-8191

Linda Peake
Corporate Communications
416-392-1442

Michaela Cornell
Toronto Book Awards Publicist
416-536-0714



 

 

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