Media Advisory - The 21st Trillium Book Award

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Culture,
the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is hosting a luncheon event
on Thursday June 12th, 2008 to announce the winners for the 21st Trillium Book
Award; Ontario's literary excellence with this year's top literary talents.
    The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to
recognize excellence, support marketing and foster increased public awareness
of the quality and diversity of Ontario writers and writing.
    This prestigious Award is the province's leading award for literature.
The quality of Ontario authors and writing speaks for itself with the
international acclaim achieved by past Trillium winners including Margaret
Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Timothy Findley and Anne Michaels.
    In 1994, the prize was expanded to include the Prix Trillium, a separate
award for Ontario's francophone writers and their publishers. The award given
to the author of each winning book is $20,000 and their publishers receive
$2,500 for the marketing and promotion of the titles. In 2003, there was a
further enhancement to the traditional Trillium Book Award with the creation
of the new Trillium Book Award for Poetry for new and emerging poets.
    Many of the 17 English and French Trillium Book Award finalists will be
present with their publishers. For a complete list of the Finalists go to
    Pierre Granger, TFO's Host of Panorama will emcee the ceremony. The
Honourable Minister of Culture, Aileen Carroll and Kevin Shea, Chair of
Ontario Media Development Corporation will announce the Trillium Book Award

    Date:      Thursday, June 12, 2008

    Time:      Luncheon                                11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
               Guests arrive for refreshments in
               courtyard                               11:30 a.m.
               Interviews with authors and
               Minister available                      1:00 p.m.

    Location:  Hart House, Great Hall
               University Of Toronto
               7 Hart House Circle, Toronto

    PHOTO-OP:  Available

    Note: Wednesday Night Author Readings also available to media:

    On June 11, 2008 from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Media are invited to join in this
invite-only celebration of the finalists of this year's 21st Trillium Book
Award with author readings followed by reception. Event will be held in the
Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, in association with
International Readings at Harbourfront Centre.

For further information:

For further information: For More Media Information and to RSVP, Please
Contact: Daniel Paquette, or Michael Joseph Ianni, Daniel Paquette Public
Relations, Tel: (416) 413-7714, Email:; For French
Media Relations: Véronique Alarie, DPPR, T. (416) 539-8800 x240, Email:; OMDC Contact: Sharon Wilson, T. (416) 642-6616,

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