This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: Toronto Events With Road Closures September 24 – 25.

Tomorrow, September 25, the following five finalists for the 2011 Toronto Book Awards as well as these five authors from Diaspora Dialogues will read in the City of Toronto tent at the Word On the Street which is a FREE National Book & Magazine Festival in Queen’s Park North, Toronto:

Schedule of readings:
11.30 a.m. – Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, Knopf Canada
Noon – James King, Étienne’s Alphabet, Cormorant Books Inc.
12.30 p.m. – Alissa York, Fauna, Random House Canada (represented by Ricardo Sternberg)
1:00 p.m. – Nicholas Ruddock, The Parabolist, Doubleday Canada
1.30 p.m.    – James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood, Random House Canada
2:00 p.m. – Diaspora Dialogues – readings by five authors: Margaret Christakos, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Jennifer Marston, Sheila Murray and Ibi Kaslik
3:00 p.m. – Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, Knopf Canada
3:30 p.m. – James King, Étienne’s Alphabet, Cormorant Books Inc.
4:00 p.m. – Alissa York, Fauna, Random House Canada (represented by Ricardo Sternberg)
4:30 p.m. – Nicholas Ruddock, The Parabolist, Doubleday Canada
5:00 p.m. – James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood, Random House Canada

Please note that the winner of the 2011 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 13 at the Toronto Reference Library.

Meet the authors, hear their stories and read their work during this year’s events and celebrations.

Please click here for more info and the itinerary of the 2011 Toronto Book Awards reading events.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

News Release

September 23, 2011

2011 Toronto Book Awards finalists and Diaspora Dialogues at Word On the Street

The five finalists for the 2011 Toronto Book Awards will read in the City of Toronto tent at the Word On the Street Book & Magazine Festival on Sunday, September 25.

The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. This year, five authors from Diaspora Dialogues will join the program. Diaspora Dialogues supports writing that reflects Toronto’s diverse artistic and literary culture.

The free event will be held at Queen’s Park North from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Schedule of readings:
11.30 a.m. – Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, Knopf Canada
Noon – James King, Étienne’s Alphabet, Cormorant Books Inc.
12.30 p.m. – Alissa York, Fauna, Random House Canada (represented by Ricardo Sternberg)
1:00 p.m. – Nicholas Ruddock, The Parabolist, Doubleday Canada
1.30 p.m.    – James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood, Random House Canada
2:00 p.m. – Diaspora Dialogues – readings by five authors: Margaret Christakos, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Jennifer Marston, Sheila Murray and Ibi Kaslik
3:00 p.m. – Rabindranath Maharaj, The Amazing Absorbing Boy, Knopf Canada
3:30 p.m. – James King, Étienne’s Alphabet, Cormorant Books Inc.
4:00 p.m. – Alissa York, Fauna, Random House Canada (represented by Ricardo Sternberg)
4:30 p.m. – Nicholas Ruddock, The Parabolist, Doubleday Canada
5:00 p.m. – James FitzGerald, What Disturbs Our Blood, Random House Canada

The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Public Library is inviting Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with different ways to explore this year’s shortlisted books. A group reading and book-signing event will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s Yorkville Branch at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. The winner of the 2011 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Thursday, October 13 at the Toronto Reference Library.

To learn more about the shortlisted books and reading events, visit http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards.

Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year, more than 18 million people visit branches in neighbourhoods across the city and borrow more than 32 million items. As cornerstones of their neighbourhoods, our libraries connect people to each other and to their community, inspiring the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading and the pursuit of knowledge for people of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more, please visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca 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. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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