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Source: University of Guelph

U of G Prof Wins Harbourfront Festival Prize

October 12, 2006

of Guelph English professor Dionne Brand was presented with the Harbourfront
Festival Prize linked to the International Festival of Authors, which runs
Oct. 18 to 28.

The $10,000 award was inaugurated in 1984 to honour individuals who have
made a contribution to the world of books and writing. Past recipients
include Timothy Findley and Michael Ondaajte.

"International Readings is thrilled to select Dionne Brand for the
Harbourfront Festival Prize," said Geoffrey Taylor, director of
international readings at the Harbourfront Centre. "Her importance to
Toronto was recently recognized by the Toronto Book Award for her novel What
We Long For, and her importance to our national literary community is
reflected in all her writing as well as her commitment to her students as
professor of English at the University of Guelph."

Trinidad-born Brand is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including the
acclaimed Land to Light On, which won a Governor Generalís Award, and
thirsty, which won the Pat Lowther Award for poetry. The Toronto resident
also wrote In Another Place, Not Here, a 1998 New York Times notable book,
and At the Full and Change of the Moon.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona
Hunt, 519- 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, Ext. 56982.



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