Toronto - For the third year running, the Toronto Public Library Foundation is hosting The Book Lover's Ball on Thursday January 31st 2008at Toronto's historic landmark – The Fairmont Royal York. Raising funds to enhance the work of the Toronto Public Library, the busiest urban public library system in the world, this must-attend event brings together over 50 celebrity authors and more than 500 of Toronto's literary lovers and Library supporters.

A special highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading award to local award-winning crime-writer Peter Robinson, creator of the bestselling Inspector Banks novel series. This award has previously honoured writers Robert J. Sawyer in 2007 and Margaret Atwood in 2006.

Presented by The Printing House, The Book Lover's Ball also proudly acknowledges invaluable support from corporations such as TD Bank Financial Group, Whitehots Inc., and S&B Books.

One of the event's unique features is the novel-inspired fashion show. Inspired this year by eight diverse books published by HarperCollins, the fashion show sponsor, their stories are brought to life through riveting performances and stunning visuals, showcasing couture designs from top Canadian designers. And making his catwalk debut is Mike Holmes, one of the celebrity authors also featured at the event.

Highlights of the fashion show include:

Designer Lucian Matis outfits a ballet dancer as Louis XIV, the Sun King. Acclaimed novelist Sandra Gulland's upcoming novel, Mistress of Sun, tells the story of Louise de la Vallière—a young courtier who finds herself in the King's favour.

Next to take the stage are models outfitted by Dom Rebel & Northbound Leather, representing Slash, an autobiography by the eponymous legendary guitarist.

In a complete change of direction, Fashion Crimes drowns the stage in pink with their depiction of Elizabeth Kann and Victoira Kann's children's book Pinkalicious—celebrating all things pink, while showing that being yourself is best of all.

Corrine Hoffman's book, The White Masai, the true life story of a Swiss woman who gave up everything to follow her heart for a Masai warrior in a small Kenyan village, is the inspiration for the designs of Izzy Camilleri.

Jumping to 19th-century Manhattan, Sujoy Gosh segment represents Anna Godberson's The Luxe, a delicious novel about white lies, dark secrets, and scandalous affairs.

Following this is another 19th-century story—Ron Hansen's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with designs from Farley Chatto.

Next to stroll the catwalk is Mike Holmes, Canada's most trusted contractor and the author of Make It Right. Designer-line Deréon is outfitting models accompanying Mike.

The final segment of the fashion show is designed by Tome with Yukon Furs—depicting C.S. Lewis's fantastical world in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Throughout the evening, a model will be gliding around the room in a fully-detailed replica 17th-century gown created by designer Susan Dicks, created to represent the opulent and extravagant fashions depicted in Sandra Gulland's upcoming novel, Mistress of the Sun.

In addition to the fabulous fashions at The Book Lover's Ball, the food will be absolutely divine! The menu, prepared by renowned chefs Jamie Kennedy and David Garcelon, has been created from Anita Stewart's Canada: The Food, The Recipes, The Stories (available in April 2008 from HarperCollins).

Join renowned authors such as Camilla Gibb, Pier Giorgio di Cicco, Kenneth Oppel, and Rosemary Sullivan for a magical evening inspired by the written word. The Book Lover's Ball and Toronto Public Library Foundation are keeping Toronto reading… in style!