Toronto - Toronto Public Library will officially kick off Keep Toronto Reading 2008 on Thursday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Toronto Reference Library. Mayor David Miller will proclaim February 2008 as Keep Toronto Reading month, and will officially launch the Library's first community-wide reading initiative, Keep Toronto Reading One Book. As part of that launch, the mayor will interview Michael Redhill, author of the inaugural One Book selection, Consolation, via LongPen® from France, and have his personal copy of the book signed, long distance, by the author. Anyone who wishes to have their own copy of Consolation signed by Michael may do so. Michael Redhill will be coming home to Toronto for a variety of One Book events in February.      

Keep Toronto Reading is the library's month-long celebration of the joy of reading, featuring literary and cultural events throughout the city.

Who: Mayor David Miller and Michael Redhill, author of the inaugural One Book selection, Consolation.  
What: Official launch of Keep Toronto Reading 2008
When: Thursday January 24, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

In addition to Toronto's first One Book, Keep Toronto Reading 2008 will introduce a new stream of children's programming with partners such as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre and the National Film Board, as well as a city-wide reading series starring TVO's Gisèle. 

Keep Toronto Reading 2008 will also see the return of many favourites from previous years - a literary and wine tasting series in the library with the LCBO, book sales in the TTC, Literary Lunches, Toronto Celebrates Canada Reads with CBC Radio 99.1 and our 11th annual PEN gala.  Among the many talented Canadians appearing this February are, Nicholas Campbell, TVOKids' Gisèle, Jeanne Beker, Matt Galloway, Michael Redhill, Mary Lou Fallis, Nick Davis, D'bi Young, Shirley Douglas, Clayton Ruby and Garvia Bailey.

For a complete copy of this year's Keep Toronto Reading program, please visit keeptorontoreading.ca or any branch of Toronto Public Library to pick up a program guide.

Keep TorontoReading is Toronto Public Library's month-long celebration of the joy of reading, featuring literary and cultural events throughout the city. This year, the library introduces the city's first community read, Keep Toronto Reading One Book. Everybody is invited to read this year's selection, Consolation by Michael Redhill.