Archive for October, 2010

2010 Toronto Book Awards

This is my sixth year as publicist of the Toronto Book Awards, and I must say that I was sad to see Mayor David Miller hosting his last shortlist and winner announcements. He championed the Toronto Book Awards each year and helped to bring more attention to it as well.

Once again the National Post partnered with us to excerpt all of the nominated books, one per day the week prior to the announcement of the winner,  Mark Sinnett for The Carnivore. The Post commissioned illustrations for each of the excerpts, too:

The Carnivore, by Mark Sinnett; Diary of Interrupted Days, by Dragan Todorovic; The Prince of Neither Here Nor There, by Seán Cullen; Where We Have to Go by Lauren Kirshner and Valentine’s Fall by Cary Fagan.

We created video “vignettes” of each of the authors talking about the book. You can see winner Mark Sinnett’s here. (Also on that page is  a Google map of Toronto locations referred to in The Carnivore,  a cool idea conceived of by publisher ecw press. ) The atmosphere in this video was perfect for talking about Hurricane Hazel, but not so great for keeping the camera dry.  I was interviewing Mark off camera, keeping the umbrella over the camera, and was a soaked, bedraggled mess by the end. Couldn’t even see out my fogged-up glasses.

Lots of coverage the day after the announcement, with a  photos of Mark in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.  Would still like to see TV cameras out to the gala — maybe next year CBC News Toronto? (And fingers crossed our new Mayor — five days to go — supports the Toronto Book Awards!)


October 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm 1 comment