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TORONTO, March 20, 2012 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) welcomes spring with several literary goodies this April including a reading by the award-winning international bestselling author John Boyne (April 11), the inaugural Human Rights Watch Book Series featuring The Unfinished Revolution, a collection of essays which tell the story of the ongoing global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls worldwide (April 18), and a reading by Liza Marklund who presents the latest in the Annika Bengtzon series (April 25).

April 11: Journey Prize winner Heather Birrell shares her latest collection of short stories, Mad Hope, which explores a broad spectrum of topics from motherhood to political history and personal introspection as the characters lead us into worlds both recognizable and alarming. John Boyne presents his latest novel, The Absolutist, a powerful story about a young man who returns from the Great War to deliver letters to the sister of a soldier who was shot as a traitor during the War. However, the letters are not the real reason for the young man’s visit but rather it is a secret deep in his soul that has led him to where he is. Debut author Yejide Kilanko reads from Daughters Who Walk This Path, the story of Morayo, a young girl growing up in politically charged, often violent Nigeria as she learns to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence many women in her family share.

April 18: The inaugural Human Rights Watch Book Series presents The Unfinished Revolution, a collection of essays by writers from around the world - including Nobel Prize winners, leading activists, and former victims - which tells the story of the ongoing global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls worldwide. This special event, presented in partnership with Human Rights Watch, features a conversation about women’s rights in the world today with Minky Worden, Editor and Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch and Erna Paris, author of the acclaimed Long Shadows: Truth, Lies, and History. This event is ticketed at the regular price of $10, free for members, students, and youth 25 and under. For those interested in attending a unique reception at 6:15pm(before the event) special event pricing is available at $50 for event, reception, and book; $40 patrons, members, students, youth 25 and under, for event, reception, and book.

April 25: Screenwriter and author Sadie Jones reads from The Uninvited Guests, which takes place in rural England, just after the turn of the last century. The story follows a day in the life of an eccentric family when people from the past come back to haunt them. Owen Laukkanen shares his debut thriller, The Professionals, the first in a series featuring Agents Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere. In this first instalment, state trooper Stevens enlists FBI agent Windermere to investigate Arthur Pender, who’s had a long kidnapping career making low-ransom scores at high volumes. Swedish author Liza Marklund presents her latest in the Annika Bengtzon series, Vanished, where five murders have taken place in one week, a smuggling operation has gone wrong, and a crime reporter is desperate to find the truth.

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

Events take place at 7:30pm in the York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $10 to the general public, FREE for members, students, and youth 25 and under with ID unless otherwise noted. 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).


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