The City Of Toronto Is Writing A Book And You Can Help

Have you started your summer reading? Amongst the hottest reads of the season is one book that you won’t want to miss – the Toronto Public Library’s very own book.

While the library is best known for housing books, the Toronto Public Library is writing a book with the help of the city of Toronto (one of the most successful cities in the world, BTW). The story begins with a line from city librarian, Vickery Bowles:

“I sat on a bench reading my book in the waterfront’s early morning sunshine when a jogger suddenly stopped in his tracks and approached me with a knowing smile.”

Starting August 7th, Torontonians can continue the story by tweeting a line to the Toronto Public Library with the hashtag #TorontoWritesABook. Every day, the Toronto Public Library will select two of their favourite lines to compete head-to-head in a Twitter poll. You can head over to their story and vote on your favourite, as the winning line will advance the story. In addition to civilians, local authors, personalities and organizations will be writing lines too, including authors Catherine Hernandez, David Bezmozgisand Teresa Toten, The Social’s Jess Allen, Global News radio host Matt Gurney and Toronto Star Books Editor Deborah Dundas, Ontario Science Centre, Gardiner Museum and Aga Khan Museum, and the TTC’s Brad Ross.

By the end of the month, the story will come to a conclusion, and the city of Toronto will have authored a book with contributions from all over the GTA. If all goes well, the Toronto Public Library will publish the final works so that the public may enjoy and read the story in a creative way. Toronto is home to so many diverse backgrounds, histories, and communities that this compilation of work can – and will – be a wonderful representation of our city. The #TorontoWritesABook project truly is a wholesome collection of thoughts, creativity, collaboration and craftsmanship, with the end goal of creating one unique story.

“I’m really looking forward to what story we come up together as a city,” says Librarian Vickery Bowles. “Toronto is home to so many diverse voices and experiences, and this story will celebrate diversity by telling a story through collaboration of thoughts, ideas and creativity.”

You can follow the Toronto Public Library account here to contribute to the story each day or click here to track the story’s progress. Happy reading and writing!