Alice Munro and Jack Rabinovitch to be presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards at Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Awards

TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) today announced, Alice Munro and Jack Rabinovitch have been named recipients of the industry's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ms. Munro, a master story-teller and award-winning author, and Mr. Rabinovitch, founder of the Scotiabank Giller Prize, will be honoured on June 3 in Toronto at the CBA Libris Awards which celebrate excellence in the Canadian bookselling industry.

The CBA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individual's impact on Canadian literary culture.  Past recipients include Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Carol Shields, Pierre Burton, Charles Burchell and Stephen King.   This is the first time in the award's history that two individuals are being recognized in the same year.

Voted on by members of the Canadian book industry, the CBA Libris Awards will bring the book community together on Monday June 3 to honour talented authors whose works were embraced by book-buyers, and the dedicated professionals who ensured those authors' books connected meaningfully with readers.

"We are thrilled to be recognizing two people who continue to make an incredible contribution to this country's book industry," said CBA President, Mark Lefebvre.  "Ms. Munro is such an integral part of the Canadian literary landscape and her stories have made her one of the great contemporary writers.  The Scotiabank Giller Prize, which Mr. Rabinovitch founded, is in large part responsible for the continued growth of Canadian literary talent. The prize celebrates the best in Canadian fiction and brings these books to the attention of all Canadians.  Both are well-deserved winners of this award."

SPECIAL PANEL PRESENTATION: To kick-off this year's Libris celebration, a panel of booksellers and publishers will sit down to discuss trends, innovation and strategy in the bookselling industry. This panel is open to all those attending the Libris Awards Dinner.

For more information about the CBA Libris Awards and the panel presentation, click here.

A limited number of media passes for the Dinner are available.

SOURCE: Canadian Booksellers Association

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For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: 
Jodi White, CBA Senior Manager 
Tel: (416) 467-7883, ext.1 Email: jwhite@cbabook.org