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AUTHORS AT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE ANNOUNCES TORONTO STAR PARTNERSHIP


TORONTO, July 3, 2012 ----- Authors at Harbourfront Centre (AUTHORS) is pleased to announce the Toronto Star as its official daily newspaper for the 2012/2013 literary season including the 33rd annual International Festival of Authors (October 18–28) and the 39th season of the AUTHORS weekly reading series (September–June).

Beginning this summer, the Toronto Star, Canada’s most widely-read newspaper, will be recognized as the exclusive daily newspaper of the Festival and other AUTHORS events going forward. With more than 100 authors in attendance during the fall season, AUTHORS looks to the Toronto Star to help create a new synergy for the Festival and to increase awareness throughout the City on the great literary opportunities available to Torontonians and more broadly, to Canadians.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the Toronto Star, a newspaper which represents the city we live in,” says Geoffrey E. Taylor, Director of AUTHORS. “This partnership will not only help support our audience development efforts but will allow us and our authors the opportunity to engage with a new community of readers.”

“We are excited to be the official daily newspaper for Authors at Harbourfront Centre and for these major literary events,” says John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star and president of Star Media Group. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide complete and comprehensive coverage for our readers, both in print and online, of what are among the most important cultural events of the year in the Toronto area.”

Since its inception in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has hosted over 8,000 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). For more information visit readings.org.

The Toronto Star, founded in 1892, is read in print and online (thestar.com) by 3.0 million readers every week. The Toronto Star is a division of Star Media Group, which includes Toronto.com, Torstar Syndication Services, The Grid, Sway Magazine, and The Canadian Immigrant. Star Media Group also includes the majority-owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg, London, Regina and Saskatoon, and the jointly-owned Chinese language daily newspaper Sing Tao. Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, which is a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Jennifer Asselin: jasselin@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-4395
Nicole Baute: nbaute@harbourfrontcentre.com; 416-973-5836
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