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Participants include Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Howard Jacobson, Kate Mosse,
Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro

TORONTO, June 11, 2012 ----- This fall promises to be full of literary delights as Authors at Harbourfront Centre announces the preliminary line-up for the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA), October 18 to 28, 2012. For 11 days each October, the IFOA presents an abundance of literary talent from across the globe in a number of events including readings, panel discussions, onstage interviews, book signings, and a wide range of special presentations. Appearances by authors at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre afford audiences more opportunities than ever to meet their favourite authors and encounter new voices.

The IFOA’s preliminary line-up includes 66 authors writing in categories from literary fiction to narrative non-fiction, graphic novels to poetry and thrillers. Authors confirmed thus far include: heavy-hitters Paul Auster, Michael Chabon, Chris Cleave, Junot Díaz, Richard Ford, Howard Jacobson; a Canadian canon of Emma Donoghue, Bill Gaston, Jian Ghomeshi, Linda Holeman, Vincent Lam, Annabel Lyon, Linden MacIntyre, Pasha Malla, Rohinton Mistry, Alice Munro, John Ralston Saul, Emily Schultz, Linda Spalding, Susan Swan, M.G. Vassanji, and Russell Wangersky; international stars Mohammed Hanif, Deborah Harkness, Joanne Harris, Jane Johnson, Laura Lippman, Andri Snaer Magnason, Kate Mosse, Leanne Shapton, Kjersti A. Skomsvold, Jess Walter; crime-fiction specialists Mark Billingham, Gail Bowen, Lee Child, Michael Robotham, Robert Rotenberg; debut novelists Marjorie Celona, Rachel Joyce, Rebecca Lee, Tanis Rideout, Anakana Schofield, Kristel Thornell, Benjamin Wood; poets Ekiwah Adler-Beléndez, Larissa Andrusyshyn, Roo Borson, Ayesha Chatterjee, Lise Downe, Phil Hall, John B. Lee, Don McKay, Steven Price, Sandra Ridley; graphic novelist Chester Brown; science and speculative fiction authors Stuart Clark, Cory Doctorow, Robert J. Sawyer; non-fiction writers Nora Young and Charles Taylor Prize-winner Andrew Westoll and for young lit-lovers, IFOA helps celebrate Orca Books’ new Seven: The Series with a YoungIFOA event featuring Norah McClintock, Shane Peacock, Richard Scrimger, Ted Staunton, Eric Walters, and John Wilson.

Tickets to four IFOA special events go on sale this Tuesday, June 12 and can be purchased through or by phone at 416-973-4000.

Special events include the IFOA opening night PEN Canada Benefit: An Evening with Rohinton Mistry. Proceeds go to PEN Canada to support their ongoing and vital work for freedom of expression (

In addition to the opening night PEN Canada gala, special events include readings by the authors nominated for Canada’s three leading literary fiction awards: the Governor General’s Literary Award (Oct. 22), the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (Oct. 24), and, on IFOA closing night, the Scotiabank Giller Prize (Oct. 27), along with the awarding of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize.

IFOA special events on sale Tuesday, June 12:
Oct. 18 – PEN Canada Benefit: $50
Oct. 22 – Governor General’s Literary Award shortlist readings: $25
Oct. 24 – Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize shortlist readings: $18
Oct. 27 – Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist readings: $25

Also available this year is a Festival Flex Pass. This is a chance to purchase a bundle of 10 tickets for one low price of $120 (plus a service charge). Purchase a Festival Flex Pass to reserve tickets in advance without committing to specific performances and save money! Tickets can be obtained over the phone or in person for any regular-priced event ($18) during the Festival in any combination, subject to availability.

For more information about IFOA and for programming updates throughout the summer, the public may visit or call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000. Tickets go on sale in September and are priced at $18/$15 for members/free for students and youth 25 and under (subject to availability). Some exceptions apply. Please refer to individual event listings.


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).

Jennifer Asselin:; 416-973-4395

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