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Toronto Literary Salon, featuring Trillium Book Award Finalists

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Toronto Literary Salon, featuring Trillium Book Award Finalists

Dear Saloniste, Salonista, Saloniere,

Mark your calendars, the second Toronto Literary Salon is waiting for you. We are delighted to announce that the next Salon will take place Tuesday, June 22, at the much-buzzed-about Thompson Toronto, featuring an amazing roster — French and English finalists for the 2010 Trillium Book Awards.

Do what engaged and curious people have done for centuries and gather with writers for a Salon. The point? To amuse each other, to be inspired by writing and culture, to expand one’s knowledge and opinions through conversation. Salons are where true dialogue (and yes, often feisty arguments) emerge. Want to know what happened at the lively first Salon? Find some coverage here and here and here.

The Toronto Literary Salon is pleased to present a fascinating series of Canadian writers throughout 2010, writers who will spark discussion and provoke an exchange of ideas with you. Featured on June 22nd: finalists of *both* the English and French Trillium Book Award and Trillium Book Award for Poetry. That’s right, this Salon will have two discussions happening at the same time. English in one side of the Thompson’s Ballroom and French in the Screening Room.

Leading the English Salon is our Salon Host, Nathan Whitlock and featured finalists Susan Holbrook, Alexandra Leggat, Emily Schultz, Karen Solie, Cordelia Strube and Matthew Tierney. Leading the French Salon is our Salon Host, Marc LeMyre, and featured finalists Ryad Assani-Razaki, Nicole Champeau, Jean Mohsen Fahmy, Daniel Soha, Jacqueline Borowick and Michèle Matteau. Join one Salon conversation or the other, or feel extra-Canadian and wander between the two languages.

We are delighted that Ben McNally Books will join this Salon and have all the finalists' books on display.

For your calendar:

Toronto Literary Salon

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Place: The beautiful Thompson Toronto, 550 Wellington Street West

Time: This free event opens at 6:30 p.m. for drinks and mingling. The French and English Salon discussions will start around 7 p.m.

See you there!


More about Thompson Toronto: Thompson Toronto will open June 2010 in the eclectic arts and design neighborhood of King West Village, adjacent to the financial and entertainment districts. Designed by Studio Gaia all 102 guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city furnished in a contemporary, luxurious and comfortable fashion. Its three dining facilities cater to all tastes: a modern incarnation of a traditional Diner which will be open 24 hours; upscale Italian Cuisine by Scarpetta, the acclaimed restaurant by renowned Chef Scott Conant; and Wabora Sushi. Other hotel amenities are a pool, a state of the art screening room, an exclusive lounge/club, a private rooftop bar and event space.

More about the Trillium Book Awards: The Ontario government established the Trillium Book Award in 1987 to recognize the incredible 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. The Trillium Award is open to books in any genre: fiction, non-fiction, drama, children’s books and poetry.

More about the Toronto Literary Salon: Some good news for people who want to know their Canadian authors better. Toronto’s The Spoke Club, the Thompson Toronto and Open Book: Toronto have partnered to present a lively new event series, the Toronto Literary Salon. The series will be quarterly and rotate between the two arts & culture hubs, The Spoke Club and the Thompson Hotel. Our inaugural Salon was in April 2010 at The Spoke Club, featuring Canadian writers Joey Comeau, David Eddie, Russell Smith and Nathan Whitlock.

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