Media Advisory - Mayor David Miller to Kick Off Keep Toronto Reading 2008



    New This Year: Toronto's First Community Read - One Book

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library will officially kick off
Keep Toronto Reading 2008 on Thursday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Toronto
Reference Library. Mayor David Miller will proclaim February 2008 as Keep
Toronto Reading month, and will officially launch the Library's first
community-wide reading initiative, Keep Toronto Reading One Book. As part of
that launch, the mayor will interview Michael Redhill, author of the inaugural
One Book selection, Consolation, via LongPen(R) from France, and have his
personal copy of the book signed, long distance, by the author. Anyone who
wishes to have their own copy of Consolation signed by Michael may do so.
Michael Redhill will be coming home to Toronto for a variety of One Book
events in February.
    Keep Toronto Reading is the library's month-long celebration of the joy
of reading, featuring literary and cultural events throughout the city.

    
    Who:      Mayor David Miller and Michael Redhill, author of the inaugural
              One Book selection, Consolation.
    What:     Official launch of Keep Toronto Reading 2008
    When:     Thursday January 24, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.
    Where:    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
    

    In addition to Toronto's first One Book, Keep Toronto Reading 2008 will
introduce a new stream of children's programming with partners such as the
Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre and the National Film Board,
as well as a city-wide reading series starring TVO's Gisèle.
    Keep Toronto Reading 2008 will also see the return of many favourites
from previous years - a literary and wine tasting series in the library with
the LCBO, book sales in the TTC, Literary Lunches, Toronto Celebrates Canada
Reads with CBC Radio 99.1 and our 11th annual PEN gala. Among the many
talented Canadians appearing this February are, Nicholas Campbell, TVOKids'
Gisèle, Jeanne Beker, Matt Galloway, Michael Redhill, Mary Lou Fallis, Nick
Davis, D'bi Young, Shirley Douglas, Clayton Ruby and Garvia Bailey.
    For a complete copy of this year's Keep Toronto Reading program, please
visit keeptorontoreading.ca or any branch of Toronto Public Library to pick up
a program guide.

    Keep Toronto Reading is Toronto Public Library's month-long celebration
of the joy of reading, featuring literary and cultural events throughout the
city. This year, the library introduces the city's first community read, Keep
Toronto Reading One Book. Everybody is invited to read this year's selection,
Consolation by Michael Redhill.

    Toronto Public Library is North America's busiest public library system.
Every week over 325,000 people visit our 99 branches and borrow more than half
a million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit our website
at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.




For further information:

For further information: RSVP/News Conference Inquiries/Interview
Requests: Edward Karek, Communications Officer, (416) 397-5925,
ekarek@torontopubliclibrary.ca


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