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2009 FOREST OF READING® FESTIVAL OF TREES™ WINNERS ANNOUNCED

TORONTO, May 14, 2009 ----- Programme partners the Ontario Library Association (OLA) and Authors at Harbourfront Centre are delighted to announce the winners of the 2009 Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™. This year’s Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ was held at Harbourfront Centre on May 13 and 14, featuring two action-packed days of award ceremonies, workshops, activities and other exciting entertainment.

The winners are:

Blue Spruce Award™ (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
Mélanie WattChester

Silver Birch Express® (Grade 3–4)
Alan CumynDear Sylvia

Silver Birch Fiction® (Grade 4–6)
Mahtab NarsimhanThe Third Eye

Silver Birch Non-fiction® (Grade 4–6)
Kevin SylvesterGold Medal for Weird

Red Maple Fiction Award™ (Grade 7–8)
Norah McClintock Out of the Cold

Red Maple Non-fiction Award™ (Grade 7–8)
Elizabeth MacLeod Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns

White Pine Award™ (Grade 9–12)
Cory Doctorow Little Brother

For author bios, book synopses, and additional finalist names please refer to accessola.com/forest2009.

The OLA offers nine Forest of Reading® programmes that encourage people of all ages in their love of reading. All Ontarians are invited to participate annually via their local public or school library. More than 250,000 readers across Ontario participate each year. The culmination of the programme is an amazing two-day awards event at Harbourfront Centre called the Festival of Trees™, which features seven of the nine awards. The Festival of Trees™ is attended by more than 6,500 guests and many of the nominated authors and illustrators.

The winner of the Ever Green Award™ (Fiction and Non-fiction titles for adult readers), Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes) was announced on January 31, 2009. The winner of the Le Prix Tamarack (French language; Grade 4–6) will be announced shortly on the OLA website, accessola.com.

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Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries, including 16 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 21–31, 2009), including YoungIFOA (October 27, 29 & 30, 2009); the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May 4–6, 2009); and Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 13–14, 2009). www.readings.org

The Ontario Library Association (OLA) creates programmes, advocacy and promotion for its more than 5,000 members who work in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and public libraries across Ontario. The mission of the OLA is to foster free public access to information, and to promote Canada’s history and culture through the programmes and services of the libraries of Ontario. www.accessola.com

MEDIA CONTACT: Lindsay Gulin: lgulin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
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