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Events include Augusten Burroughs, young adult authors Teresa Toten, Eric Walters, and Karen Levine, and much more

TORONTO, April 23, 2012 ---- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) features a packed roster of programming for literature lovers of all ages this May. Award-winning Canadian writer Steven Heighton reads from his latest work (May 2), literary luminaries Will Ferguson and Tim O’Brien discuss contemporary issues in creative writing practice (May 11 & 12), 8,000 young readers descend upon Harbourfront Centre for the annual Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ and ALOUD: a Celebration of Young Readers (May 15 & 16), and New York City-based author Augusten Burroughs is interviewed (May 30).

May 2: The author of four books, Marianne Apostolides reads from her latest collection of non-fiction writing, Voluptuous Pleasure, which reveals the experience of the writing life through stories that push the boundaries of the genre. Deni Y. Béchard shares his memoir, Cures for Hunger, an unbelievable tale of a young man’s discovery that his admired father leads a secret life of crime sprees and prison sentences. Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Steven Heighton presents his latest short story collection The Dead Are More Visible, which explores widely divergent themes of love and loss, containment and exclusion.

May 11 & 12: The Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference features lectures, panels, and keynote speakers on relevant contemporary issues in creative writing practice and pedagogy. As part of the conference, the CCWWP presents two events with AUTHORS. May 11 features Will Ferguson, award-winning author of 419, in conversation with Priscila Uppal, poet, novelist, and Associate Professor at York University. May 12 features bestselling American author Tim O’Brien in conversation with novelist and Humber's Dean of Creative and Performing Arts Joseph Kertes. Tickets are $25 regular admission and $20 for members and students. These events begin at 8pm. For more information on the conference, visit

May 15 & 16: On May 15, ALOUD: a Celebration of Young Readers presents Teresa Toten and Eric Walters, who will read from their young adult novel The Taming, the story of a shy high school girl who discovers her love for the theatre and gets involved with a troubled boy. On May 16, Karen Levine presents the 10th anniversary edition of Canada’s most-awarded children’s book of all time, Hana’s Suitcase, which tells the true story of Hana Brady, a young girl orphaned and murdered during the Holocaust. Tickets to ALOUD are included in the price of admission to Forest of Reading® Festival of Trees™ ($14), an annual two-day event hosted in collaboration with the Ontario Library Association. These are daytime events. Visit for the full schedule.

May 30:Augusten Burroughs, bestselling author of A Wolf At The Table, Sellevision, and Running with Scissors, presents his most recent work, This is How, a witty book of advice on how to ride an elevator, how to feel sorry for yourself, how to finish your drink, and much more. Burroughs’ reading will be followed by an interview.

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 19 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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