By Lori Bosworth
Want to interrupt a cold, dreary winter by attending a glam-packed, upscale Toronto event? The Book Lover’s Ball takes place on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Royal York Hotel and will raise funds for the Toronto Public Library. The 9th annual ball will feature over 600 book lovers mingling with Canada’s top authors at this black tie affair. Cityline’s Tracy Moore will host the event while Melanie Ng will be the Red Carpet host.
The evening will begin with cocktails and decadent hors d’oeuvres, including mingling with Canadian authors, followed by a three-course dinner. Guests can bid on prizes in the Almost Live Auction and Silent Auction and can support the Foundation through the Adopt a Branch program. Live entertainment will include Canadian talent bringing celebrated novels to life through performance.
6 p.m. Celebrity Author Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction
7 p.m. Dinner & Live Eye Interviews with Authors
9:30 p.m. Auction Closes
9:30 p.m. Novel-Inspired Entertainment
The following Canadian authors will be attending the ball:
Eva Stachniak, Linwood Barclay, Olivia Chow, Vivienne Shotwell, Jeff Blair, Ann Ireland, Charles MacPherson, Claire Cameron, Andrew Pyper, Robert Rotenberg, Kevin Sylvester, Heather O’Neil, Kate Hilton, David Macfarlane, Wayne Johnston, Ian Thornton
Be sure to enter the online contest to win two tickets to the ball. From January 2 to 28, 2014, the Facebook contest will feature an excerpt from a well-known book with select words removed. Fill in the blanks to create a surprising new paragraph and your entry may be drawn as the winner.
Tickets, which can be purchased online, are $750 for individuals, where you will sit with other guests and a celebrity author; $7,500 for a corporate table for a table of 8 and a celebrity author at your table and $10,000 for a premium table for a table of 10 and a celebrity author at your table, as well as premium table placement.