The Book Lover's Ball is celebrating its tenth year raising funds for Toronto libraries and they're doing it in grand gala style with an exciting event to be held at the Toronto Reference Library on February 5, 2015. This big book event will feature nearly 60 Canadian authors and entertainment from the acclaimed music and literary hybrid experience Jason Collett’s Basement Revue. To top the evening off, the Book Lover's Ball will be holding the first ever After Dark party where guests can mix and mingle with authors. I'm eager to be attending both events and anticipate a wonderful crowd of authors and hundreds of book lovers.
At last year's BLB I had the opportunity to catch up with my client friend Anthony De Sa and chat with Linwood Barclay who graciously signed my copy of "Trust Your Eyes." It was also a treat to finally meet Bookalicious Book Club Twitter chat guest authors Claire Cameron and Reva Seth in person. This year I had the opportunity to interview three of the authors who will be attending this year's Book Lover's Ball. I asked Alison Pick, Lynn Thomson, and Michael Redhill to share their library memories and insights on their recent novels. Check out their responses below and read on to find out more about The Book Lover's Ball and enter a giveaway with a pair of tickets to the Book Lover's Ball After Dark party!
Presented by Toronto Public Library Foundation and TD Bank Group, The Book Lover’s Ball and After Dark take place on February 5, 2015. After Dark will also include special surprise performances, dancing, specialty cocktails and canapés, and interactive, literary-inspired activities – such as a short game of Scrabble against an author. After Dark kicks off at 9 p.m. and separate tickets are available for $100. Visit bookloversball.ca for more details.
At the Ball, hundreds of literary enthusiasts will mingle with nearly 60 of Canada’s top authors over a cocktail reception featuring hors d’oeuvres designed by Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy, followed by a fine dining experience with an author at each table. Author guests will include Maureen Jennings (Murdoch Mysteries), 2014 Writer’s Trust Award winner Miriam Toews (A Complicated Kindness), Claire Cameron (The Bear), Michael Winter (Minister Without Portfolio), Andrew Pyper (The Killing Circle; The Demonologist), musician Carl Dixon (Strange Way to Live), and Guy Gavriel Kay (Under Heaven).
The Book Lover’s Ball will transport guests to a world of romance, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy as they encounter favourite fictional characters like Harry Potter, Romeo and Juliet, Sherlock Holmes and Watson, Rapunzel and Alice in Wonderland, all portrayed by local Toronto actors.
The evening’s silent auction will offer one-of-a-kind opportunities including several book club experiences with an author and a group of friends, travel packages and a chance to Adopt a Branch.
Since its inception, The Book Lover’s Ball has raised over $3.6 million in support exemplary collections; ground breaking programs and services; and innovative community spaces. The Library’s 100th branch will open its doors in Spring 2015.
“The overwhelming support from Book Lover’s Ball attendees over the past decade has enabled the Toronto Public Library Foundation to help Toronto’s Library thrive by ensuring Torontonians have access to the best programs, services and resources possible,” said Heather Rumball, President of Toronto Public Library Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be offering our guests a 10th Anniversary Book Lover’s Ball celebration like never before.”
Over 72 per cent of Toronto’s adult population uses the Library, one of the busiest urban public library systems in the world. A survey conducted by the Martin Prosperity Institute of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto shows that Toronto Public Library creates over $1 billion in total economic impact for the City of Toronto. And every $1 invested in the Library generates $5.63 in value for Torontonians.
Read our slides for interviews with three featured authors
About The Toronto Public Library Foundation
The Toronto Public Library Foundation raises financial support from individuals and corporations to provide essential resources for the enhancement of Toronto Public Library and to allocate funds to priority needs not supported by municipal funding. To learn more about the Toronto Public Library Foundation, visit tplfoundation.ca.
About The Toronto Public Library
The Toronto Public Library is one of the world's busiest urban public library. Every year, there are 18.5 million branch visits in neighbourhoods across the city and 32 million items are borrowed. To learn more about Toronto Public Library, visit the website at torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131 or 416-393-7131. Follow @torontolibrary, @TPL_Foundation, and the Book Lover's Ball hashtag #BLB2015 on Twitter.
A lucky Bookalicious reader will win a PAIR of tickets to the Book Lover's Ball AFTER DARK party! The AFTER DARK prize includes 2 tickets valued at $200. and the event runs from 9:00 pm – midnight on February 5th, 2015. The winner is responsible for transportation to and from the AFTER DARK event at the Toronto Reference Library located at 789 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario. To enter the Bookalicious After Dark Giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment in the "Click Here To Spill It" bubble below. You have until noon ET on February 4th, 2015 to enter the Bookalicious After Dark Giveaway. You must be a YMC member, and please be sure you've registered your email address in our commenting system so we can contact you if you win.
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