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September & October at International Readings

TORONTO, September 3, 2004---Now in its 30th year, International Readings is one of the oldest and most admired public reading programmes in the world. This series is famous for bringing the most exciting Canadian and international writers to Toronto audiences.

Please note that International Readings (known for many years as the Harbourfront Reading Series) is going back to its original name. This is inspired by our 30th anniversary celebrations.

Please find below full details on autumn events at International Readings, including Paul Anderson, Nathalie Atkinson, Catherine Bush, John Brady, Michael Connelly, Bill Gaston, Michael Helm, Jane Jacobs, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, Antanas Sileika, Rosemary Sullivan, and Adrian Tomine.

Full details for upcoming events to follow shortly: the 25th annual International Festival of Authors (October 20 to 30, 2004); Tamora Pierce (November 5, 2004); and Tom Wolfe (December 14, 2004).


Wednesday, September 15, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs “has become more than a person. She is an adjective” (Toronto Life). She needed no professional training in the field of city planning, instead she uses her own observations about cities to formulate her philosophy about them. The Toronto-based visionary “is a thinker of wondrous acumen and curiosity looking still deeper into the human condition” (Globe and Mail). Though some of her opinions go against the traditional views on planning, her work is well-respected by practicing planners and planning students alike. “Probably no single thinker has done more in the last fifty years to transform our ideas about the nature of urban life”(Chicago Tribune). She has written a variety of books over the years, including the legendary The Death and Life of Great American Cities, her first published work that has been steadily in print since it came out in 1961. After reviewing Jacob’s most recent work, Dark Age Ahead, The Globe and Mail’s Michael Valpy declared Jacobs a modern-day prophet Amos.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or


Wednesday, September 22, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Catherine Bush, Michael Helm, Adrian Tomine
Hosted by Nathalie Atkinson
Presented in association with The Beguiling

Catherine Bush is a “natural storyteller” (Montreal Gazette) and an “evocative writer who can create a sensuous atmosphere with a few well-chosen words” (Washington Post). Her second novel, The Rules of Engagement, was shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award, was a national bestseller, and a Notable Book in The Globe and Mail, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Bush reads from her new novel, Claire’s Head, a compelling, psychological work that takes us into the life of a migraine sufferer and the search for her missing sister.

Michael Helm reads from his highly anticipated new novel, In the Place of Last Things. He has been declared “a writer to watch” by The Globe and Mail and the “best young writer in Canada” by acclaimed author Leon Rooke. Helm was a co-editor at Descant and he currently serves as an editor for Brick magazine. Helm’s first novel, The Projectionist, was a finalist for both the prestigious Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Award. He lives in Toronto.

Adrian Tomine was born in 1974 in Sacramento, California, and is among the top cartoonists to have emerged in the graphic novel renaissance of the past decade. He has been writing and drawing the comic book series Optic Nerve since 1991, and has produced three book collections; 32 Stories, Sleepwalk and Other Stories, Summer Blonde and most recently, Scrapbook. His comics and illustrations have also appeared in a variety of magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Details, and Giant Robot. Tomine’s “Bomb Scare” was selected by Dave Eggers for the 2002 edition of Best American Non-required Reading. “Tomine gets loneliness and disconnection a songwriter, he works in miniature” (Los Angeles Times).

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or


Wednesday, September 29, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Paul Anderson, Bill Gaston, Antanas Sileika
Hosted by Rosemary Sullivan

Paul Anderson left Canada in his early twenties and spent fifteen years travelling in Asia, studying in Europe, teaching in Latin America, and logging 25,000 miles of coastal and ocean sailing. Anderson currently lives in Calgary. Hunger’s Brides, his first novel, has been a labour of twelve years. Spanning three centuries and two cultures (and about 1400 pages), Hunger’s Brides brings to vivid life the greatest Spanish poet of her time, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and plumbs a mystery that has intrigued writers as diverse as Robert Graves, Diane Ackerman, Eduardo Galeano and Nobel laureate Octavio Paz: Why did a writer of such gifts silence herself?

Bill Gaston “is one of this country’s outstanding literary treasures” (Globe and Mail). He grew up in Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver, and has worked as a logger, salmon fishing guide, group home worker and as a hockey player in the south of France. A writer of fiction, poetry, and drama for stage and screen, Gaston won the prestigious Canadian Literary Award for Short Fiction, was a finalist for the Seal Books First Novel Award, and his most recent collection of short stories, Mount Appetite, was nominated for the Giller Prize. Sointula, his brilliant new novel, is equal parts dark and light, compassion and irony. Gaston lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Antanas Sileika is the author of Dinner at the End of the World and Buying on Time, which was nominated for both the Toronto Book Award and Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. His epic new novel, Woman in Bronze, is set in the artistic milieu of Paris in the 1920s and tells the story of love found and lost, creative endeavour, and the price of stardom. “This is a novel of ideas that never loses touch with the basic humanity at its core” (Quill & Quire). Winner of a National Magazine Award, Sileika has also written for radio, newspapers and magazines; edited literary journals; and he is the Artistic Director of the prestigious Humber School for Writers.

LOCATION: The Brigantine Room at the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West).

TICKETS: $8 or free for members, available at 416.973.4000 or


Wednesday, October 6, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson
Hosted by John Brady

Michael Connelly is a former journalist and bestselling author of the acclaimed Harry Bosch series, along with the novels Chasing the Dime, Void Moon, Blood Work, and The Poet. Connelly has won numerous awards for his journalism and novels, including the Edgar Award, and he is currrently President of the Mystery Writers of America. His latest novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet, and “is scarifying in a big way—in a Thomas Harris kind of scary, which is high praise indeed” (Stephen King). “Connelly is a master and this novel is yet another of his masterpieces” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Edinburgh-based Ian Rankin is famous for his Inspector Rebus series which tops bestseller lists, is translated into 22 languages, and was adapted into a major TV series. He is also the author of three books which were originally published under the pseudonym Jack Harvey. In 1988 Rankin was elected a Hawthornden Fellow and he has been awarded the Chandler-Fulbright Award, one of the world's most prestigious detective fiction prizes (funded by the estate of Raymond Chandler). In 2004, he also won the Edgar Award for Best Novel for Resurrection Men. Rankin reads from his latest Rebus novel, Fleshmarket Close.

Peter Robinson was born in Yorkshire, England, and has made Canada his home since 1972. His bestselling Inspector Banks crime novels have won or been short-listed for numerous awards including the Arthur Ellis Award and the Edgar. Robinson reads from Not Safe After Dark & Other Stories, his first collection of short crime fiction to be published in Canada. “Most impressive about this collection is that it clearly shows the range of Robinson’s talent as he handily switches the narration from the first to the third person, changes from police procedural to psychological suspense, and shifts locales from Los Angeles to Yorkshire” (Booklist).

LOCATION: Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street East

TICKETS: $20, and $15 for members, available at 416.973.4000 or



October 20 to 30, 2004: The 25th annual International Festival of Authors

The 2004 International Festival of Authors (IFOA) 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, Jasper Fforde, Alan Hollinghurst, Janette Turner Hospital, Norman Jewison, A.L. Kennedy, David Mitchell, Bharati Mukherjee, Kathy Reichs, Koji Suzuki, Susan Swan, Colm Tóibín and many more. Closing Night to feature readings from the Giller Prize shortlist. Full details and tickets will be available soon at and 416.973.4000.

November 5, 2004, at 7 p.m.: Tamora Pierce (presented in association with Mabel's Fables)

December 14, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.: Tom Wolfe at Convocation Hall (presented in association with the University of Toronto Bookstore)
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