Toronto Public Library Announces Redhill's Consolation as City's First-Ever Community Read

    Torontonians encouraged to read and discuss the same book
    as part of city-wide reading program

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - As part of its Keep Toronto Reading festival of
books and culture, Toronto Public Library is proud to announce Consolation, by
Michael Redhill, as the selection for Toronto's first annual Keep Toronto
Reading One Book program. From now through February, 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 sometimes
controversial ideas.
    "Toronto's first ever One Book city-wide reading program will be an act
of community building and an affirmation of the joy and value of reading books
in the private and public lives of our residents," commented Chief Librarian
Josephine Bryant. "With One Book, we hope to engage the city in dialogue, with
the goal of fostering a sense of community through literature."
    "I'm thrilled to support One Book," said Mayor David Miller. "The
selection of Consolation as our first title not only celebrates our city, but
also showcases the work of one of Toronto's most talented authors. I look
forward to us all coming together to discuss the ideas raised by the book and
to examine how these ideas connect with our lives and our city's legacy."
    Winner of the 2007 Toronto Book Award, Consolation is the haunting story
of a Toronto family's quest to understand the city's vanished past and
changing present. It digs beneath the surface of the city and its inhabitants
to raise compelling questions about progress, loss and the nature of history.
    In support of the program, Toronto Public Library is releasing 2,000
additional copies of Consolation into its 99 branches today.  More than 800 of
these will be made available as non-reservable, short-term loans, so that as
many people as possible will have ready access.
    Michael Redhill, the book's author, was delighted to have Consolation
chosen as the Toronto Public Library's inaugural One Book. "I consider the
novel a love letter to Toronto and it thrills me to have it requited," he
said. Redhill will launch a month of One Book programming at a kickoff event
on Monday, February 4th at the Toronto Reference Library - just one of several
events he will host.

    February will be a month of programming in library branches, online, on
air, in print, and throughout the city:

    -   Listen to CBC Radio (99.1 FM) weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., as
        Matt Galloway and Here and Now explore the issues central to the

    -   Join in readings and discussion groups at book clubs across the city.
        Come chat with Michael Redhill at the North York Central Library's
        book club event.

    -   Relive an authentic 19th century dining experience with Redhill at
        Gibson House, just one of the City of Toronto's Historic Museums'
        One Book programs.

    -   Download a walking tour podcast and explore for yourself the hidden
        city central to the Consolation story.

    -   Watch for special One Book displays and events in bookstores across
        the city, as Canadian Booksellers Association celebrates Consolation.

    -   Read the Toronto Star and visit for stories and
        photos about One Book.

    Event dates, times and locations will be announced and updated on the
library's Keep Toronto Reading website, at

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 17 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at or call Answerline at

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