Toronto Public Library Announces Book of Poetry for City's Second Annual Community Read

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library announced today that Glen
Downie's 2008 Toronto Book Award-winning collection of poetry, Loyalty
Management, is its selection for Toronto's second annual Keep Toronto Reading
One Book program. From now through April, the library is encouraging everyone
to read the same book and then join discussions and events throughout the city
exploring the book's themes, issues and ideas.
    "I couldn't be happier about the book chosen this year," said Toronto
Mayor David Miller. "This collection of poems bookends the human experience -
from the birth of a child to the death of a father. It is an especially
fitting choice as we celebrate the 175th birthday of the city, because this
wonderful collection beautifully evokes Toronto and its neighbourhoods - from
the Victorian houses of the Junction to the sculptures outside our
skyscrapers, but also looks beyond our city."
    Loyalty Management is currently available in all library branches and at
most bookstores in the city. In April, the library and its One Book partners
will be hosting author readings, neighbourhood walking tours, poetry slams,
discussion panels, and many other events focused around the book, including
discussions in 30 Toronto high school classes. April is also the new month for
the library's major literary festival, Keep Toronto Reading.
    "Moving Keep Toronto Reading and the One Book program to April will not
only bring us better weather," said Chief Librarian Jane Pyper, "It's also a
great fit with Poetry Month, which is celebrated at the same time. Reading and
discussing Glen's great collection of poems will celebrate this wonderful
literary form, while at the same time engage the city in dialogue, and foster
a sense of community through literature."
    Author Glen Downie says he is honoured that Loyalty Management has been
chosen. "I hope those who liked this One Book will be encouraged to read more
poetry, and that this One Book may lead to Many Books."

    Related Events:

    One Book Kick-Off
    Glen Downie in conversation with Tina Srebotnjak. Live music.
    Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m.
    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, 416-395-5577

    On Being Dad: Writing about Fatherhood
    Writers Glen Downie, Dan Hill (I am My Father's Son), and David Gilmour
    (The Film Club) discuss fatherhood in the modern context.
    Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m.
    Beaches Branch, 2161 Queen Street East, 416-393-7703

    Glen Downie at Authors at Harbourfront Centre
    Downie reads with other writers.
    Wednesday, April 15, 7.30 p.m.
    Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

    The Politics of Poetry
    Toronto poets Michael Boughn, Beatriz Hausner and Goran Simic on poetry
    as a tool for dissent.
    Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
    Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen Street West, 416-393-7686

    The Junction Literary Pub Crawl
    An entertaining historical/literary walking tour of the Junction. Wind up
    at a local pub for a reading of some of Downie's favorite poems.
    Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m.
    Meet at Annette Street Branch, 145 Annette Street, 416-393-7692

    The Art Bar Poetry Series
    Canada's longest running poetry series hosts an evening with Glen Downie.
    Tuesday, April 21, 8 p.m.
    Clinton's, 693 Bloor Street West

    Poetry Slam with the Toronto Poetry Project
    Come out and hear poetry from street level. Cash prizes and accolades for
    winning poets!
    Thursday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.
    Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen Street West, 416-393-7686

    Book Club Discussion
    Meet Glen Downie at this special event for book club members
    Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
    North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street, 416-395-5535

    One Book Reading with Glen Downie
    Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
    High Park Branch, 228 Roncesvalles Avenue, 416-393-7671

    Gallery Display: "Poetry Wall-to-Wall"
    Glen Downie joins the Library's Special Collections with a display of
    poetry broadsides. Come and discover why these poems won't stay on the
    Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, 416-395-5577
    April 2009

    One Book Online
    Visit Go to the One Book section and:
      -  Download the One Book widget to create interactive "fridge" poems
      -  Explore a virtual book featuring pages from Loyalty Management
      -  Read an essay by Barbara Myrvold, Toronto Public Library's local
         history specialist about the history of the Junction, the author's
         neighbourhood and setting for several of the poems in Loyalty
      -  Explore an interactive virtual poetry map of Toronto
      -  Also: Find up-to-date event listings

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, almost 17 million people visit our 99 branches and borrow
more than 29 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit
our website at or call Answerline at 416-393-7131.

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