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March appearances by Richard Mason, Margaret Atwood, John Brady and many more

TORONTO, February 22, 2012 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) presents a jam-packed month of literary events this March including a reading by award-winning author Richard Mason (Mar. 7), a celebration of literary giant Irving Layton (Mar. 14) which includes writers Margaret Atwood, Joe Kertes, and Dennis Lee among others, a night of crime writing including a reading by John Brady (Mar. 21), and if that were not enough, we end the month with Poetry NOW: 4th annual Battle of the Bards (Mar. 28).

March 7: Richard Mason’s fourth novel, History of a Pleasure Seeker, begins in Amsterdam at the turn of the last century eventually moving to New York at the time of the 1907 financial crisis and proceeds onboard a luxury liner headed for Cape Town all while telling the story of a young man with an instinctive appreciation for pleasure and a gift for finding it. The author of two previous novels, Lilian Nattel explores the vivid reality of dissociative identity disorder in Web of Angels where one woman’s life changes the moment a pregnant teenaged friend of the family kills herself. Carrie Snyder’s short story collection, The Juliet Stories, follows one girl and her family in Nicaragua during the height of the post-revolutionary war and the family’s return back to Canada.

March 14: This month marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of Canada's greatest poets, Irving Layton. Featuring 18 participants, the Irving Layton Centenary Celebration honours the memory of one of Canada’s finest talents as part of a number of celebrations happening across the country from Cape Breton to Vancouver Island. Participants include: Margaret Atwood, Barry Callaghan, Ann Elizabeth Carson, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Scott Griffin, Joe Kertes, Max Layton, Dennis Lee, Michael Mirolla, Jacob McArthur Mooney, Anna Porter, Robert Priest, John Rammell, Julie Roorda, Rosemary Sullivan, Priscila Uppal, Fred Wah, and Moses Znaimer. Please note that Anna Porter will not be in attendance but will participate with a pre-recorded presentation. This event is specially priced at $15 (regular) and $5 (members, students, youth 25 and under).

March 21: An evening to explore the ever-popular genre of crime fiction, Crime Showcase features five authors who will read from their latest works followed by a question and answer period moderated by Andrew Pyper. During this spectacular evening John Brady presents the latest instalment in the Arthur Ellis Award-winning Inspector Matt Minogue series, The Coast Road – a murder mystery surrounding the death of a homeless man well-known in his community. Ian Hamilton shares the third book in the Ava Lee series, The Wild Beasts of Wuhan which follows a ring of fraudulent art dealers on their twisted trail to Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Dublin, London, and New York. Matt Lennox’s debut novel, The Carpenter, explores the back alleys and dark corners of small-town life – and of the human heart. David Rotenberg reads from The Placebo Effect, the first book in the Junction Chronicles, and Howard Shrier, Canada’s first-ever winner of Arthur Ellis Awards for Best First Novel and Best in consecutive years, shares Boston Cream, the third book featuring Toronto investigator Jonah Geller.

March 28: As we head into National Poetry Month in April, AUTHORS joins forces once again with NOW Magazine to present Poetry NOW: 4th annual Battle of the Bards. One of 20 participating poets will win an invitation to read at the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18–28, 2012) and have their book advertised in NOW. The 20 poets will be selected by random draw and will be announced on March 1.

Bios of all participants are available at under “Events.”

Events take place in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West). Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for members and students with ID unless otherwise noted. Harbourfront Centre Box Office/Information: 416-973-4000 or

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).


Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395
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