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September 2, 2005
Toronto Book Awards winner to be announced
Mayor David Miller will announce the winner of the 2005 Toronto Book Awards at
a reception at City Hall on Wednesday, September 7.

Date: Wednesday, September 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Members' Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The five 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)
The finalists were selected by a five member judging
committee from over 70 entries. First awarded in 1974, the Toronto Book Awards
honours authors of published books in English that are of literary and artistic
merit with a total of $15,000 in prize money.

Media contacts:
Bev Kurmey
Protocol Officer, City of Toronto

Linda Peake
Corporate Communications, City of Toronto

Michaela Cornell
Toronto Book Awards Publicist



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