More than 80 events at 50 branches across the city
TORONTO, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library announces the
programming line-up for its Keep Toronto Reading Festival, running
April 1-30. This year's city-wide celebration of reading spotlights the
library's One Book community read, The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. The themes of this bestselling novel - hope in
adversity, human resilience and artistic expression in times of
conflict - are explored at dozens of library branches throughout
Toronto. The programming themes explored this year are particularly
relevant in light of recent world events and the centenary of the First
"The Keep Toronto Reading Festival offers Toronto's many readers the
chance to connect and engage," says Jane Pyper, City Librarian.
"Whether it's in branches, online or at our partnered events, we invite
all Torontonians to come together through their love of books and to
celebrate the joy of reading."
Festival highlights include:
An evening of hope-inspired music with Toronto Symphony Orchestra
principal cello, Joseph Johnson, and poetry readings by Ann Shin.
Hosted by CBC's Robert Harris.
A First World War panel discussion with historian Margaret MacMillan,
the Munk School's Janice Stein and former diplomat Paul Heinbecker.
Toronto's Big Book Club with The Cellist of Sarajevo author Steven Galloway with an audience comprised of books clubs from
around the city.
A screening of Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo with director John Zaritsky in partnership with Hot Docs.
One-on-one sessions with survivors of conflict as part of Toronto Public Library's "Human Library" program.
40 branch book club discussions.
22 days of cello performances, in unexpected places across the city
For 22 days this March and April, cellists from the Toronto Symphony
Orchestra will "pop up" in iconic and unexpected locations across
Toronto. The performances mirror the actions of the novel's "cellist of
Sarajevo" who plays Albinoni's Adagio for 22 days to commemorate 22 civilians killed by a bomb blast.
From iconic landmarks to malls, from libraries to civic centres, the
cello performances begin on Monday, March 17, 2014 and continue daily
until Monday, April 7, 2014. A list of dates and locations is available
While at a performance, the public can download the first two chapters
of The Cellist of Sarajevo through "The Library Box", a wireless hotspot connection that allows
people to download digital content directly to their mobile or reader
devices without an internet connection.
For complete festival information and event listings, go to keeptorontoreading.ca.
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neighbourhoods across the city and borrow 32 million items. To learn
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For further information:
Tina Srebotnjak 416-393-7098