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International Festival of Authors to close with Giller 2004 Finalists

LONDON (UK), August 31, 2004---At a packed and festive Canada House cocktail party celebrating the 25th anniversary of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA), Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director, announced that Closing Night at the upcoming Festival will feature readings by the 2004 Giller Prize finalists.

"I am absolutely delighted that the International Festival of Authors will close with such a brilliant showcase of Canadian writing," said Taylor. "This is a stellar addition to the Festival's 25th anniversary celebrations and I know our audiences will be thrilled by the opportunity to hear the Giller finalists read from their nominated work."

This IFOA Closing Night event will take place at 8 p.m. on October 30, 2004, in the Premiere Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West).

The Giller Prize awards $25,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English. This prestigious award was named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch.

"The advent of the Giller Prize fortuitously coincided with the global recognition of the outstanding quality of Canadian writers," comments Jack Rabinovitch. "In the last ten years Canadian authors have been and continue to be the real Gold Medal winners in International competitions and Canada's best ambassadors."

Past winners include M.G. Vassanji, who was in attendance at this IFOA anniversary celebration at Canada House; Richard B. Wright, who is reading from his new novel at the 2004 IFOA; Austin Clarke; David Adams Richards; Michael Ondaatje; Bonnie Burnard; Alice Munro; Mordecai Richler; Margaret Atwood; and Rohinton Mistry.

The 2004 International Festival of Authors runs from October 20 to 30 with over 100 authors participating in readings, talks, booksignings, roundtable discussions and onstage interviews. Participants this year include Russell Banks, David Bezmozgis, Susanna Clarke, Margaret Drabble, Alan Hollinghurst, Jasper Fforde, Janette Turner Hospital, Norman Jewison, A.L. Kennedy, David Mitchell, Bharati Mukherjee, Kathy Reichs, Koji Suzuki, Susan Swan, Colm Tóibín and many more. Full details and tickets will be available at the beginning of September at www.readings.org and 416.973.4000.

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Media Contact: Amy Holmes at 416.973.4395 or aholmes@harbourfrontcentre.com
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