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TICKETS TO CANADA’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S LITERARY FESTIVAL ON SALE JANUARY 13

TORONTO, January 12, 2012 ----- On January 13, be the first to purchase tickets to Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™. As Canada’s largest children’s literary festival, this event, held in Toronto annually, draws more than 8,000 readers for two fun-filled days of award ceremonies, the AUTHORS-programmed ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers, workshops, activities, and other exciting entertainment all in celebration of Forest of Reading, a series of Ontario-wide children’s choice award programmes.

Programme partners the Ontario Library Association and Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) celebrates the 5th instalment of the event on the Harbourfront Centre site from May 15 to 16, 2012. Each Forest of Reading Award will receive a dedicated ceremony announcing the year’s winner and is supplemented by activities throughout the day. The Festival of Trees includes the following award ceremonies for ages 5 to 17: Blue Spruce™ Award (Kindergarten–Grade 2); Silver Birch® Express (Grade 3–4); Silver Birch® Fiction (Grade 4–6); Silver Birch® Non-fiction (Grade 4–6); Red Maple™ Fiction Award (Grade 7–8); Le prix Tamarac (French-language, Grade 4–6); Le prix Tamarac Express (French-language, Grade 4–6); White Pine™ Fiction Award (Grade 9–12); and White Pine™ Non-fiction Award(Grade 9–12).
Students across Ontario are now in the midst of reading 90 nominated works, and will cast votes for their favourite titles in late April.

Tickets are $14 each (includes HST). For more information and to purchase tickets the public may visit readings.org.

Young readers in and around Ottawa and Thunder Bay will also have an opportunity to attend Festival of Trees events in their communities. One thousand tickets are now available each for Ottawa Festival of Trees (May 17) and Thunder Bay Festival of Trees (May 18). Tickets for these events can be purchased by visiting the Ontario Library Association’s website www.accessola.com/forest.

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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.

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 7,500 authors from more than 100 countries, including 18 Nobel Laureates. Our season runs from September to June and includes the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October 18–28, 2012), including YoungIFOA and IFOA Ontario; and the annual ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers with Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ (May 15–16, 2012).


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Asselin – jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
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